Prosthetic dentures are removable oral appliances used to replace multiple missing teeth in one go. They are custom-fabricated from tooth-colored ceramic and gum-colored acrylic, which mimic the appearance of the teeth and gums, respectively. Dentures can be customized as required based on the number of teeth that need to be replaced. If you wish to get all your teeth restored, we at Historic Hyde Park Dentistry would recommend complete dentures. On the other hand, if you want to get a few selected teeth replaced, it is best to choose partial dentures.
Since dentures are removable appliances, taking care of these restorations when you have removed them is just as important as while you’re using them. Here are some of the best practices you can do to ensure a longer lifespan for your dentures.
Remove and Clean Dentures Everyday
Dentures restore oral functionality, especially your ability to bite and chew food. Food particles could get deposited on the prosthetic teeth and in between them at the intersections. This is why cleaning them regularly is essential in maintaining them and keeping them in shape. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean them (without toothpaste), and make sure you remove the food residues thoroughly.
Handle Them with Care
Dentures could break, crack, or splinter easily when you drop them on hard surfaces. Whenever you take them off, please handle them with care. It can be especially tricky to handle them as they may be slippery from the saliva. This is why having a firm grip on them is necessary. Please avoid squeezing them or trying to make changes to their shape or alignment.
Avoid Unhealthy Oral Habits
Please keep track of the type of food you consume. The more hard and crunchy foods can cause damage to the dentures or at least loosen the teeth from the acrylic base. Consuming excessive sweets, sticky food, and colored food could allow plaque to form on the prosthetic teeth, making them appear discolored and dull. Also, avoid chewing on pencil tops or pen caps, opening bottle caps and plastic bags with your dentures, and other habits that might damage your prostheses.
Soak Them Overnight
Most dentures are made from an acrylic base, which is why it is necessary to keep them soaked overnight. If not, they might lose their shape and become warped. You could keep them soaked in a jar of water or a mild denture-soaking solution. Please follow your dentist’s advice regarding denture usage.
We invite you to schedule a consultation with our team of dental experts at Historic Hyde Park Dentistry to get all your oral concerns addressed at the earliest. Please call us at (813) 253-3041 or schedule an online consultation and we’ll be happy to help.