Getting older comes with its fair share of challenges. However, the good news is with age comes wisdom! There may come a time when exploring the option of dentures is a serious possibility. Dentures are a common solution for missing teeth; they can be taken out and replaced at your leisure, but complete dentures require a different approach when caring for them. While different, the care for your new dentures doesn’t have to be difficult.
Dentures are custom-made for each patient from impressions of their mouth. A dentist will collect the impression and have the form made into a flesh-colored acrylic base that then fits over your gums. There are several powders and pastes on the market advertised to help hold your complete dentures in place, but most dentists will advise you against using them. A well-made set of dentures should fit without the aid of an adhesive.
While it may seem preferable to keep your dentures in at all times, it is recommended to take them out every night while you sleep. Doing so allows the mouth to rest and prolongs the health of your gums. Once your dentures have been taken out, they should be kept completely immersed in clean, fresh water until you put them back in your mouth to avoid drying them out. Also, they should never be placed or rinsed in hot water as it could potentially cause them to warp.
Dentures should be cleaned after every snack or meal, if possible. If you’re not in a position where you can provide a full cleaning, then rinsing with clean water is acceptable. A full cleaning consists of using a soft toothbrush or specialty denture brush, in combination with denture specific cleaners, to remove any food or stains from the surface. Regular toothpaste can result in scratching which may ultimately become visible and unattractive. Just like teeth, smoking or drinking dark beverages will cause stains and could require cleaning more frequently.
Adjusting to Complete Dentures
With any change, there’s a learning curve and an adjustment period. Dentures aren’t excluded from this thought process. Eating with your new set of teeth will involve patience as you learn to chew in separate areas of your mouth, but it’s not impossible. Make a conscious effort to monitor your complete dentures and report any discomfort or concerns to your dentist immediately.
If you’re near the Cypress, TX area the experienced team at Spring Cypress Dental can help with any denture questions you may have.