What You Should Know About Dentures
If you are looking to replace your missing teeth with dentures, there are some things to know about them first. Switching to dentures is a big transition whether you are getting partial dentures or a complete set. Here is more information about caring for them and wearing dentures so you can be fully prepared when the time comes to get them.
They Need to be Cleaned Daily
When you get your dentures, make sure you follow the dentist's instructions and keep them clean on a regular basis. Do not get lazy about it and attempt to sleep while wearing them. Dentures need to be removed when you are going to sleep and cleaned once or twice a day. While you won't be brushing your teeth and flossing twice a day, you will still need to keep your mouth free of bacteria and clean your gums and tongue daily. As you do this, take some time to remove food debris and bacteria from the dentures as well. You can use a dentures rinse or simply use water to clean them. This also reduces the transfer of bacteria from the dentures to your gums.
The Dentures Can Get Damaged
Your dentures may feel sturdy and strong, but they are not indestructible. If you don't treat them gently, you could break them or cause damage that requires a brand new pair. This isn't cheap or convenient, so it is best that you take good care of them from the start. Not only should they be cleaned daily, but you should never set them directly on the counter. This could damage the teeth or soft lining of the dentures. Instead, gently place them inside their case when you are removing them and need to set them aside. This also helps prevent getting bacteria from the counter onto the dentures. Also do not keep them in your pocket or thrown in a drawer.
You Still Have to Visit the Dentist
Getting a full set of dentures is not going to keep you from seeing the dentist. Your dentist not only takes care of your teeth, but they examine the health of your mouth, including inside your cheeks, your tongue, gums, and throat. They will look at the health of your gums and let you know if you have any signs of infection that needs to be treated. They will also help you if are having jaw problems or issues with repeated canker sores. The dentist will perform an oral cancer screening during these routine visits, as well as looking at the condition of your dentures.
Implant-Supported Dentures Are Available
If you are concerned about the dentures moving around too much, you can get implant-supported dentures. This requires multiple implants on the top and bottom area of your mouth, where the metal posts are implanted into your jawbone of missing teeth. Once the implants heal fully, you will get dentures that have a metal piece to allow them to lock into place on top of the implants. This keeps them from moving and makes them appear more natural.