Easy Ways To Maintain Dentures

Easy ways to maintain dentures

Dentures serve as a replacement for missing teeth. Artificial molars are made out of ceramic compounds that mimic the look and aesthetic of natural teeth. Unlike dental implants, dentures can be easily removed as they are temporary fixtures.

Dentists will either recommend full conventional or partial dentures depending on one’s overall oral health. Full conventional dentures serve as a complete replacement for either the upper jaw or lower jaw or even both for that matter. The replacement is possible only after a complete teeth removal. The dentist will then take an impression of the jawline and design an acrylic base to support the ceramic teeth accordingly. Partial dentures, on the other hand, replace only a few missing teeth and are a better alternative to consider in place of using dental bridges.

The materials, design, fabrication techniques, and the overall quality of work are the main factors that influence the cost of dentures. Full denture prices will vary from $500 to $1500 for a partial set or $1000 to $3000 for a complete set.

It is imperative to take good care of dentures as most sets don’t last longer than five to seven years. Here are a few easy ways in which one can ensure good overall hygiene.

Regular cleaning
Debris and loose particles can degrade the look and quality of dentures over time. Dentures must be removed and rinsed after every meal. Take good care while cleaning the dentures as they are made of premium materials and can prove costly to replace.

Brush the dentures
Even if dentures are made out of premium quality ceramic materials, always remove the set and brush them regularly. Use a soft bristled brush and a non-abrasive denture cleanser to avoid damaging the ceramic layer. A good cleaning solution will remove food particles, plaque, and other deposits.

Soak overnight
Never wear dentures at night while sleeping, regardless of whether they are partial or full dentures. Soak them in a mild solution to keep them clean and odor free. Consult a dentist to find out the best soaking liquid for dentures. Don’t forget to rinse the dentures thoroughly in the morning as chemicals in the solution can cause vomiting, pain, and chemical burns if they are swallowed accidentally.

Schedule regular appointments
Denture care does not start and end with just cleaning and rinsing. A dentist must be visited periodically in order to have the dentures cleaned professionally. A thorough examination of the complete set will reveal any loose fixtures that can be fixed to prevent slippage and discomfort. One can also go online to find a dentist nearby in case a second opinion is needed.

A few more points to consider to prolong the shelf life of your dentures

  • Avoid using a hard-bristled toothbrush, strong chemical solution, or even toothpaste that has a strong formula.
  • Whitening toothpaste is not effective on artificial dentures as peroxide, one of the whitening ingredients, is not effective on ceramic materials.
  • Avoid using hot water at all costs as it will warp the structure of the dentures.


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