Your dentures are an investment. Caring for your dentures properly will improve their longevity and help you maintain comfortable oral function. For example, soaking your dentures is necessary. They can become weak and warped without moisture, an issue that can make wearing them uncomfortable.
Most dentures require alterations every few years, and ultimately will need replacing. It’s important to talk with your dentist if you experience changes in the way your dentures fit or if they break. Following are tips to help you get the most out of your dentures.
Dentures Will Feel More Comfortable Over Time
If you’re new to dentures, your gums will likely feel sore during the first couple weeks of wearing them. This is because it takes time for our gums to adjust to the weight of dentures and the force exerted upon them during oral function. It’s important to wear dentures as recommended by your dentist; otherwise, getting used to dentures could take longer.
Remember that Dentures Can Break
Your dentures are custom made for you from materials like porcelain and acrylic. If you were to drop your dentures on a hard surface, they could chip or break.
When you’re not wearing your dentures, be sure they are stored in a clean, safe place. Some people develop the habit of leaving their dentures throughout their homes. We recommend keeping your dentures in a designated place each time they’re not being worn.
Keep Your Replacement Teeth Clean
Your prosthetic teeth can harbor bacteria – especially if they are not cleaned properly. Denture wearers who practice poor oral hygiene may develop bacterial and fungal infections.
Fortunately, cleaning dentures is easy. Patients should brush their dentures gently with a toothbrush made for prosthetic teeth and soak their teeth overnight. When cleaning dentures, be sure to remove all traces of debris from food and residue from adhesives.
If you’ve recently lost teeth, we invite you to review your tooth replacement options with our caring team. Call the office of Dr. Barry Buchanan today to reserve an appointment.