Dentures might seem like an old dental treatment. That’s because they have been around for a while. They’re still being used, and that’s because dentures are really good at what they do. When you need a full arch of teeth replaced, full dentures will give you back the teeth you need. You’ll be able to smile, eat, and even talk like you should.
In order to get the most out of your full dentures, here are a few tips that should help.
1. Keep making those twice-yearly visits to our Rochester, MN dental office.
You might think that you don’t have to go to the dentist anymore. After all, you replaced your teeth, right? And dentists work with teeth? True, but we work on much more than just teeth. Your gums are still susceptible to periodontal disease and your mouth can still show signs of oral cancer. Regular exams are vital to making sure your mouth stays healthy.
Also, your dentures need to be examined to make sure they’re still good. A set of full dentures can normally last 10 years or so, but that depends on how well you treat them. A regular visit can help you keep your dentures for longer.
2. Take them out every night to give your gums a rest.
What makes full dentures so easy also makes them problematic. They don’t have any implants holding them in place. Normally, pressure from chewing goes down the teeth into the roots and jawbone. When you chew with full dentures, you’re putting all of that pressure on your gums. Plus, the denture base uses suction to help stay on your gums. All of this means your gums can take a beating by the end of the day.
That’s why you should take them out every night. By doing this, you’re giving your gums a chance to relax and heal. Keeping dentures in overnight repeatedly can create all kinds of problems with your gum tissues. They did their job today; let them take the night off.
3. Be careful when handling them.
But when you take them out, be gentle. Sure, your dentures are strong. They deal with all of that chewing, don’t they? However, they can still be damaged if you drop them onto a tile floor or play with them too much with your hands. Even if they don’t break at one spot, you could change the shape of the base. This could lead to sores in your gums or even having the dentures fall out. If you want your dentures to last and stay effective, it’s best to be careful with them.
4. Clean them every day with a denture cleaner.
Your full dentures need to be cleaned regularly. First, food particles stuck between the replacement teeth will rot, giving you very bad breath. You cannot get cavities, but you can still get gum disease. Food particles left on your dentures can feed bacteria, which can infect your gum tissue. Without cleaning, you could also discolor your dentures. That’s why they need to be cleaned every day.
You have several options for cleaning. Cold water and a mild soap will work. Special cleaners are available that will likely do a better job, however. You can even scrub your dentures with a toothbrush, but do not use regular toothpaste. Those can be too abrasive for the replacement teeth. Whatever you use to clean them, make sure you rinse them thoroughly before putting them back on your gums.
5. Keep them in cold water when not wearing them.
Full dentures are specifically designed to stay in your mouth. That means they are supposed to stay wet. If they dry out, they can slightly warp and may not be as comfortable or secure when worn. Keep them in cold water overnight to make sure this is not a problem.
And never use hot water. Some people think the heat will help keep the dentures clean and sanitized. It will, but that same heat can warp your dentures. Cold water is just fine.
6. Consider getting implant-supported or implant-retained dentures.
At our Rochester, MN dental office, we offer full dentures because they work. However, there is a better option for most patients. You can get titanium roots implanted in your jawbone that hold onto the dentures. This makes sure your dentures are stable and never fall out.
Your full dentures will get back the smile you need to eat and look normal again. And with these tips, you’re sure to keep those dentures working for you. Call us today at 507-315-2932 to make an appointment.