Dentures are removable prosthodontics appliance replacing several missing teeth or all of them. They are often termed as partial and full denture.
Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain while complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing.
Over a period of time, your denture will need to be relined, remade, or rebased due to normal wear; rebasing means making a new base, but keeping the existing denture teeth. Also, long term, mouth naturally changes and these changes cause denture to loosen, making chewing difficult, irritating gums. At least once a year, it is advise to visit the dentist for check-up.
Care for Dentures
- Remove dentures before going to bed. This allows gum tissues to rest and allows normal stimulation and cleansing by the tongue and saliva.
- Dentures can break when dropped on hard surface, so when handling dentures, stand over a folded towel or basin of water.
- Don’t let your dentures dry out. Place them in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in plain water when you’re not wearing them.
- Never use hot water, which can cause them to warp.
- Brush the denture every day to remove food deposits and plaque, and help prevent becoming stained and maintain its good appearance.
- An ultrasonic cleaner may be used to care for dentures, but it does not a replacement to a thorough daily brushing.
- Brush gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before inserting dentures into the mouth. This stimulates circulation in your tissues and helps remove plaque.