Taking proper care of your dentures is very important, not only for maintaining the restoration for a long time but also for your general oral health. Continue reading more for some tips on how to correctly take care of your dentures.
Generally, you will have one or two appointments right after the release of your dentures. This visit is necessary to adjust the dentures so you wouldn’t feel pain or soreness. Never try to adjust or repair dentures on your own. Don’t even try to bend the clasp or other metal attachment because you can easily weaken the metal structure. All of that can damage your dentures permanently and other glues can be toxic because of harmful chemicals which they contain. If you experience any sores or irritation in your mouth, if one of the teeth becomes loose, or there is any cracks, chips or even if the denture breaks, make sure you contact your dentist instead of trying fix problems yourself. In most cases, such problems can be fixed the same day. In more complicated cases your dentures might need to be sent to the dental laboratory to solve the additional problems.
With age and time your jaw bones, face and gums changes, so your dentures can become loose. Moreover, due to wear, your dentures may need adjustments, such as relining, rebasing or total reconstruction. During relining and rebasing your dentist refits the base of the dentures or remakes the base of dentures, by using the same teeth. All in all, dentures, in general, should last from 5 to 7 years.
Even if you don’t have any teeth left, it is very important to brush your palate, tongue, and gums every morning before putting dentures back in your mouth. It not only removes plaque and bacteria from your mouth, but brushing also stimulates the blood circulation in your mouth. Moreover, you need to pay extra attention to those teeth, on which metal clasps fixes. In the clasp’s area because bacteria tend to accumulate the most and there is a higher risk for tooth decay. So if you have partial dentures, make sure you take them out before brushing your natural teeth. You need not only brush your gums but also to massage them regularly. What’s more, you should rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water, which is very valuable for cleaning your gums. Proper nutrition and balanced diet may also influence your mouth’s health.
Many patients who have dentures ask how often patients should see their prosthodontist. You should follow your dentist’s suggestions on how often you may need to see your dentist, but normally it should happen every six months. Regular checkups are important not only to check if your dentures fit but also to examine your mouth and check if there are any signs of such oral diseases as cancer. Moreover, if you have some teeth left, you need to get them professionally cleaned.
If you are considering dentures or you need some adjustments on the dentures you have, feel free to visit us at Beverly Hills Dental Center. You can schedule your appointment by calling us: (310) 659-7063.