As a dentures dentist, we can fit you with a prosthetic device that can give you back the functionality of a full set of teeth. While no one likes to consider tooth loss, a majority of adults will lose at least one tooth in their lifetime, making dental prosthetics a necessary part of aging. A set of dentures is a dependable solution that has been worn for hundreds of years. Technology has continued to improve them, so now they are more natural-looking and comfortable than ever before. When you visit our office, we will ensure they are created to your exact specifications and that they look amazing. If you take care of them, they can last for five years or longer. Here are a few tips for you to try at home.
Brush them daily. Most people understand how important it is to brush their teeth in order to prevent cavities. While your dentures cannot become infected, any remaining teeth you have can. Also, you can still experience gum disease. This makes it necessary to brush both your dentures and your gums. You should do so using a soft toothbrush so your dentures will not become scratched. The same is true for toothpaste – it can scratch your dentures, so use water or a special denture paste.
Handle with care. Dentures can break, so you need to handle them carefully. When you take them out to clean them or to clean your gums, place them on a clean towel and be careful not to drop them or bump them off of the counter. If you do ever damage your dentures, visit our office right away to see a dentures dentist.
Use a denture cleaning device. If brushing them alone is not enough to get your dentures sparkling, you can use an ultrasonic cleaning device. This looks like a small cage for your dentures, and with the use of ultrasonic waves and a cleaning solution, they can look better. This should not, however, replace daily brushing.
Keep them moist. It is important for you to take your dentures out at night so they can soak. You can do so by placing them in a special solution or water. Which one is right for your dentures will depend on the type you have and whether or not they have any metal clasps. As a dentures dentist, we will provide you with more specific instructions during your dental appointment.
Our goal is to help you to have lifelong oral health and to ensure your dentures do not interfere with your ability to eat your favorite foods or smile with confidence. To do so, we will make sure they fit securely when they are first adjusted for your gums. We also recommend that you come to our office once a year for a dental examination. This way, we can examine your gums and dentures to ensure they are still fitting properly. It is possible for your jawbone to suffer from resorption and to essentially shrink over time. This can make your dentures loose and cause your gums to become irritated. By examining you regularly, we can let you know if any adjustments should be made.