There are different types of dentures. Partial dentures are ones that are used to replace several teeth that are missing in a specific area. Complete dentures are ones that are used when all teeth are missing in a given arch. A custom denture can be attached to individual implants or a row of implants securing the denture in place. Dentures can be either fixed or removal and are long-lasting, durable, and natural-looking. They help to increase both speaking and chewing ability.
Caring For Your Dentures
Along with making sure they fit well, it is important to take good care of your dentures. Here are some tips to keep your dentures working and looking their best:
Never sleep with your dentures. Unless your dentist advises you to do so for a specific time, such as after multiple extractions and initial delivery of new dentures, do not sleep with your dentures.
Handle dentures with care. Your dentures are delicate and can break easily. When holding your dentures, stand over a sink filled with water or place a towel on the counter. That way your dentures will be protected in case you accidentally drop them. Also, keep your dentures safely out of reach of children and pets.
Clean your dentures daily. Here are some tips for cleaning your dentures:
- Soak your dentures overnight in a denture cleaner.
- Thoroughly clean them each morning before putting them in your mouth.
- Use a soft-bristled brush or special denture-cleaning brush.
- You can use plain soap and warm water or ask your dentist to recommend a denture cleaner.
- Never use powdered household cleaners or bleach on your dentures, nor toothpaste, which is too abrasive.
Clean your mouth daily. Clean and massage your gums, tongue, and roof of your mouth each day before putting in your dentures. This will help keep your mouth healthy.