Maintenance and care of your new Dentures and Partials
Remove dentures every night. Sleeping with your dentures in does not give your tongue and saliva access to all the areas that need to be cleaned repeatedly. Your gums also need to re-expand to restore circulation to stay healthy. If that is not possible remove the dentures for at least 3 hours a day. Leaving your dentures in for extended periods will trap debris and micro-organisms in the space between your gums and the denture. This is a perfect breeding ground for yeast, fungi and bacteria many of which will make you sick.
Any cleaning procedures done on your dentures and partials should be done over a sink partially filled with water and a washcloth on the bottom to reduce damage from accidental dropping.
To clean soft lined dentures, soak the denture in denture cleaning solution (e.g. Polident tablet) for a maximum of 20 minutes only. Follow the manufacturers instructions then rinse well and soak in a warm water bath for the rest of the night
Partial dentures with Chrome or titanium frameworks are not soaked overnight just 15-20 minutes per day. Titanium will tarnish if a bubbly effervescent solution is used, stick with powders that just dissolve.
Light brushing with a very soft nylon brush is acceptable, don't use a toothbrush or denture brush, the bristles are too hard and will scratch the polished surface of your denture. Use of a damp wash cloth instead.
Continue to use a regular soft tooth brush to clean and stimulate tissues (gums) and tongue daily
Do not use hard abrasives such as toothpaste and bleach or other household cleaners on the denture, they will scratch and weaken the denture.
Denture teeth can not be whitened beyond their original colour. If your dentures are badly stained or you drink coffee, tea or red wine often have your dentures repolished to restore that new look. Intensely coloured spices like curry, turmeric and mustard will also leave surface stains.
You may want to invest in an ultrasonic cleaner if you have difficulty cleaning your dentures. We can order them for you or you can Google ultrasonic cleaners on the internet. Expect to pay about $150.00+shipping, the cheaper ones are not ultrasonic, they just vibrate.
Keeping on top of your oral hygiene
Oral hygiene remains important to denture wearers whether they have complete, partial, or implant dentures. The same micro-organisms that existed in your mouth before you had dentures are still present in the oral cavity. These tiny organisms include yeast, fungi and bacteria and can live on and in the denture materials. Regular cleaning of the mouth will keep the population down to a level where the body can tolerate it.
For full dentures use a soaker bath and an appropriate cleaner. Lightly brush off gross debris with a soft brush, don't scrub, and then soak in solution for the manufacturers recommended length of time. DO NOT USE TOOTHPASTE ON YOUR DENTAL APPLIANCE THERE IS TOO MUCH ABRASIVE IN IT.Use tooth paste and a soft tooth brush on your gums and or teeth just like you used to. Leave your denture out for 3-8 hours per day to allow your tongue and saliva to clean the area and the gums to re-expand and improve circulation. This will keep your gums healthy and reduce the likelihood of infection and disease. Vigorously scrubbing your denture with a stiff brush will dull the finish with micro-scratches in about three months, making them even harder to clean.
If you have a partial denture, plastic or metal, you will need to remain vigilant about the health of your remaining teeth. The extra stress put on them by the partial denture should not harm them but debris may get hidden under the framework or the acrylic and contribute to carries.
Maintaining implants requires more attention than you would expect. The implant itself is a direct route for bacteria to attack supporting bone. Your oral hygiene must be impeccable and you must see your dentist at least three times per year to assess their health. Neglected implants get loose in as little as six weeks. Use a good tooth paste and a soft toothbrush to clean the implants and your gums at least three times per day. Rinse after each meal. Replace any attachments that are in the denture every six months even if they do not feel loose. You adapt to the small slow changes without notice or pain until it is too late. Putting inappropriate pressure on your implants because of worn parts will destroy supporting bone and the implants may be lost.
Easy to chew foods are recommended for first 3 days (e.g. Soft foods, cooked vegetables). Try to avoid raw vegetables, crunchy fruits, nuts, tough meat, etc.
Chew on both sides at the same time to aid in stability.
Biting things off will dislodge your denture because the force you put on the anterior of the denture easily overpowers any suction that can be developed. Try biting in the canine area, some people find it more stable.
Take small bites, cut food into smaller pieces
Natural teeth can exert a force of 200 lbs., Implants exert 80-90 % (180 lbs) dentures only 10-15% (25 lbs.)
DO NOT SELF ADJUST YOUR DENTURE.
Remove new dentures and wear previous dentures (if available) until an appointment can be arranged with your denturist. The morning of the appointment day, wear your new dentures in order for the sore spot to re-appear. This will enable the denturist to accurately locate the affected area. Remember, post-insertion care is a part of your service package.
A break-in period for new dentures can be 30 to 90 days with a varied number of adjustments.
Annual recalls are a very important component of your continual oral health care.
It is necessary to go in for a check up even if there is no pain noticed with the denture. Many problems do not show any apparent symptoms immediately.
An ill fitting denture may not hurt but the excess movement accelerates the loss of supporting bone leaving only mushy gums to support your denture.
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