Dental implants are becoming increasingly common with each passing year, dentures-how-to-take-care-trailhead-dentaland it may seem that nobody uses old-fashioned dentures and partial dentures anymore. However, there are still plenty of cases where the cost of dental implants is too high, or the patient has medical conditions that make implants too risky. Whatever the reason, conventional dentures and partial dentures are still a viable treatment option for many patients.

However, a common misconception is that these types of prosthetics do not require maintenance or dental check-ups. Here, Dr. Limmer explains the importance of regular care and maintenance of your prosthetics and provides recommendations for how to take care of conventional dentures and partial dentures.

Use And Daily Cleaning Of Dentures

Removable conventional dentures and partials are made of plastic, sit on the gum tissue, and in the case of partial dentures, also have metal clasps that hang on to natural teeth.  These characteristics increase the amount of food and bacteria that are trapped in and around the prosthesis during use, which can lead to an increased risk of gingival inflammation, periodontal disease, and cavities.

Therefore, it is critical that removable conventional dentures and partials be cleaned at the start of each day, after meals, and at the end of the day.

To clean prostheses, use a denture brush and plain water to gently scrub any food/film off of the denture surfaces. Do not use toothpaste, as the abrasiveness will roughen the denture surface over time and increase food and bacteria collection.

Nighttime Removal And Storage Of Dentures

At the end of the day, it is recommended that dentures be removed from the mouth and stored in a cup/case of clean water. Dentures and partials should not be left to dry out, as this can lead to distortion of the plastic. The use of cleaning tablets will help remove stains and odor, but instructions for each product should be carefully followed.

In general, patients should not sleep with their prosthetics in place, as this can increase the risk of gingival inflammation.  However, for some patients, problems with their jaw joint may necessitate continuous use, and if this is the case, rigorous daily hygiene is a must.

Dental Check-Ups And Ongoing Communications About Your Dentures

Trailhead Dental recommends annual check-ups for patients with conventional removable dentures or partial dentures. These appointments are typically short, but allow the opportunity toensure that the dentures do not have any cracks, that the surfaces are not wearing out, that the prosthetics are stable on the jaw, and that no tissue changes are occurring. Addressing these changes and possible problems early helps the patient maintain their prosthetics and minimize the risk of discomfort.

Another important aspect of prosthetic dentistry is communication. If you ever feel like something isn’t sitting right, or doesn’t feel right, please contact your dental care provider immediately. Do not force something into place or attempt to “work it out.” Many of the problems that arise with conventional prosthetics can be addressed easily and quickly by your dentist, but may be significantly harder if ignored.

If you have questions about the care or maintenance of your dentures or partial dentures, and would like to discuss them with Dr. Bryan Limmer, please contact Trailhead Dental by calling 720-242-6803 or emailing frontdesk@trailheaddental.com.