Looking After Your Dentures

New teeth!

Finally you have had those gaps replaced! Your dentist has made you new, removable teeth that look and feel just as good as your original teeth. But it doesn’t end there. To keep your new teeth looking as good as new there are a few simple steps you can follow. These steps will also ensure your dentures last you a very long time.

Upon having your dentures fitted your dentist will explain how best to clean and look after them.  If they are new dentures it may take you a few days to get used to them.  Precise impressions are taken during fabrication to ensure the fit of the dentures are superb but there are occasions when the dentures may rub your gums in certain areas causing a sore.  A simple adjustment to the denture is needed.  If this does happen make sure you wear your denture for a few hours before your visit to the dentist.  Its easier for your dentist to see the part causing the problem and for him to make the adjustment.

Cleaning your dentures

Just like your own teeth, it is important to clean your dentures.  It is not necessary to buy special denture cleaners, just your normal toothbrush and paste is all that’s needed and a denture soak such as sterident.

The rule to remember is – brush, soak and then brush again.

  1. To avoid damage to your denture always clean them over a sink full of water or over something soft such as a towel.  This way if you drop them they will not break.
  2. Just like your own teeth, food particles can get stuck in the teeth on the denture.  Using a toothbrush, gently brush the denture to remove any trapped food.
  3. Next soak your denture in a denture cleaner.  This is usually tablets dissolved in water.  Never use hot water as this can cause the dentures to become weak.  Denture soak will help to remove stains and will leave your denture feeling fresh and clean.  Depending on the product times can vary, so make sure you read the manufacturers instructions for soaking times.
  4. Rinse and brush your denture again.  Brush like you would your own teeth as harsh brushing could damage the denture.
  5. Ensure you brush the fitting surface of the denture.  Especially if you have used denture adhesive.

Dentures can be made from acrylic or metal, or a combination of both.  The same cleaning rules apply, just be careful if you have clasps fitted to your denture.

Things to avoid!

Never clean your denture with bleach or a cleaner containing bleach.  It can weaken the denture as well as altering the appearance.

Always remove your dentures at night.  It gives your mouth a chance to rest.  Make sure your dentures are placed in a glass of water to prevent them from cracking.

Regular Examination Appointments

Even if you have a partial or full denture, you should still see your dentist for regular examination appointments.  Your dentist will check the fit of the denture, check the gums and soft tissues looking for any abnormalities.  Dentures can accumulate calculus just like your own teeth can.  The dentist has a special cleaning machine that can remove this, as the cleaning carried out at home is not effective at removing this.  It will also remove staining caused by tea, coffee, red wine and smoking.