Full and Partial Dentures
Your dentures have been custom-made to fit and function as much like natural teeth as possible. With proper care–provided by you–and regular checkups and maintenance at our practice, they should last for five or more years. For the greatest comfort, performance, appearance and overall oral health, follow these denture care guidelines:
Handle your dentures carefully. If you’re examining or cleaning them, do so over a folded towel or sink filled with water so they will not get damaged if you drop them. Avoid bending metal attachments.
Never let your dentures dry out. If removed for more than several minutes, your dentures should be submerged completely in liquid—either a soaking solution recommended by the doctor, or plain water—to prevent them from drying out and losing their shape. NOTE: Soaking solutions contain harsh chemicals that can harm your mouth, so rinse dentures thoroughly in water before putting them back in your mouth.
Do not put dentures in hot water. Soaking your dentures in hot water could cause them to warp.
Leave denture repair to the experts. If your dentures are damaged, don’t try fixing them yourself. Bring them to our office immediately.
Clean your dentures properly. Regular daily cleaning of your dentures is essential. To keep them looking good, and for good oral hygiene, follow these rules…
- Remove your dentures and rinse off any film or food particles after eating
- Remove and clean your dentures at least once a day… using a special soft-bristled denture brush and denture cleaner, mild soap or dishwashing liquid… being sure to remove any buildup or debris–for the best results, you may also use an ultrasonic denture cleaner
- Never use regular toothpaste, especially whitening formulas, because they are too abrasive and could damage your dentures
- While your dentures are out, remember to clean all parts of your mouth with regular toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Soak dentures overnight in a cleansing solution recommended by the doctor or in water
- Thoroughly rinse off soaking solution before returning dentures to your mouth
Schedule annual denture checkups at our practice. Even if your dentures seem to be okay, a professional exam is essential. We will not only check to see if dentures still fit and function correctly and are free of damage but will also examine your mouth–gums, tongue, palate, natural teeth–to make sure the dentures are not causing sores, lesions, bone loss or other problems.
Be prepared to replace your dentures every 5–7 years. Over time, normal wear and changes in your mouth will make it necessary to have us create new dentures for you.