If some or all of your natural teeth have fallen or have been extracted, you most probably wear one or two dental prostheses. When talking about a full or partial denture, you should resort to appropriate care. So here are some practical advices…
YOUR FIRST WEEK WITH YOUR NEW PROSTHESES
To gradually adapt to your new prostheses, you should eat at first, softer food before increasing little by little its consistency. If you notice a few changes regarding your elocution, it is suggested to read aloud or to pronounce any difficult words as often as you can. To slow down the bone resorption of your gums, it is recommended to remove your dentures after each meal in order to clean and massage your gums using a soft-bristled toothbrush.
CARING FOR YOUR DENTURES
The complete and partial prostheses must be cleaned every day as often as the natural teeth. Otherwise, plaque and tartar will accumulate on your dentures and cause stains, cause bad breath, gum problems and/or cavities on your remaining natural teeth.
- To clean your dentures, remove them and rinse them under water to dislodge any particles of food. Brush your dentures with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a cleaning product for dentures or a mild soap. The household cleaners and the currents toothpastes are too abrasive and should not be used for cleaning your dental prostheses. If you have a partial denture, don’t forget to brush your natural teeth and floss to prevent cavities and other oral infections.
- Remove your dentures to sleep in order to relax your mouth and let your gums breathe. Soak all night in warm water with or without cleaning product for prostheses. If your dentures are fitted with metal hooks, only dip in warm water and a cleaning product adapted, because use of other substances may tarnish the metal. When you are not wearing your dentures, keep them in water in order to prevent them from drying. Never use bleach because it could discolor and slowly intoxicated you.
- Your dentures may break if they fall. When you handle your dentures, always hold above a folded towel or a sink filled with water, just in case …
- Periodically inspect your dentures in order to check that there are no cracks. If you find any, do not wait, bring them to your denturist for a repair so you can avoid aggravating the break.
- In the absence of regular adjustments, it is strongly recommended that you renew your dentures every five to eight years in order to preserve an adequate adaptation to your gums, but also in order to prevent potential problems of chewing and/or articulation.
WHEN SHOULD YOU CONSULT YOUR DENTURIST?
If your dentures seem unstable, it is probably due to the bone resorption of your gums which increases with time. In this specific case, a visit to your denturist is required to determine if it is time to conduct a relining or to do a rescaling of your prosthesis. You must know that prostheses poorly adjusted can cause lesions in the mouth. If you still have some natural teeth, a dental examination also allows you to check the status of your teeth in order to detect signs of cavities or infection.
Unless there is an obvious problem requiring fast intervention, an annual control allows you to track the status of your gums and predict the type of adjustment to come. In addition, it is the opportunity to add sparkle to your dentures and to benefits from a free cleaning and polishing.