If you are missing teeth, your dentist might recommend dentures as a restorative tooth replacement solution. These fixtures include prosthetic teeth attached to an acrylic base that uses a metal framework to secure to your natural teeth.
Dentures are often removable and will require special maintenance to keep them clean and long-lasting. Dr. Paul Larsen, a dentist in Bountiful, UT, describes how you can take care of your dentures.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
To take care of dentures, you should ensure your mouth is clean, healthy, and therefore strong enough to support these fixtures. Proper oral hygiene involves brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily. Dentures should be removed during brushing and cleaned separately.
Throughout the day, bacteria in your mouth develop a film of plaque over your teeth which can lead to tooth decay and ultimately result in further tooth loss. Plaque can also form on dentures, so it is important to keep up with your oral hygiene regimen.
Rinse and Soak Often
Dentures should be brushed daily with a specified denture cleanser to get rid of bacterial build-up. Be sure to rinse your dentures thoroughly after cleaning so that the cleanser is fully removed from the appliance before it goes back in your mouth.
Dentures should also be rinsed after eating to wash away any trapped food particles. Avoid using hot water, which can warp the shape of your dentures.
When not worn, such as while sleeping, dentures should be soaked in a solution. Otherwise, dentures can be at risk of drying out and losing their shape.
Schedule Regular Dentist Appointments
You should visit your dentist for regular cleanings and check-ups every six months. Your dentist can clean your teeth and ensure a proper fit for your dentures during these appointments.
With proper maintenance, dentures can last for five years. However, your facial shape is subject to change over time, which can affect the fit of your dentures. If you notice slippage in your dentures, let your dentist know.
Dentures and Other Restorative Dental Treatments in Bountiful, UT
Dr. Larsen provides dentures and other restorative dental treatments to patients in Bountiful, UT. Our practice also specializes in cosmetic and general dentistry for patients of all ages. To schedule an appointment or consultation with us, contact our office online or reach us by phone at 801.228.0155.