How to Take Care of Your Dentures?

Gone are the days when a single or multiple missing teeth were a hindrance to your daily routine. We now have several options to replace missing teeth. Whether you get a fixed or removable denture, it is essential to take proper care of your dentures to ensure that it remains healthy and clean for a long time.

It takes some time getting used to a new denture, no matter if it is complete or partial. Some simple tips and steps, such as denture brush for cleaning, clean and rinse denture after every meal, etc., on your part can ensure the health of your denture for a long time. Dentures help you look younger, improve your smile and appearance and can help you eat and speak more comfortably. Let’s see how you can take proper care of your dentures, complete or partial.

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What to expect from your new denture

When you first get a new denture, it may feel bulky and awkward in your mouth. It is perfectly natural and takes some time getting used to. You should follow every advice and instruction your dentist tell regarding wearing your denture.

Your dentist may ask you to wear your denture for the whole day for the first few days. This may feel uncomfortable, but it will help in identifying spots which need to be readjusted.

You may feel it challenging to speak at first. Your dentist will advise you on how to talk with the denture in the mouth. Try speaking out loud in front of the mirror at home, to help you feel comfortable speaking with dentures.

You may also produce more saliva than usual as the denture is a foreign object in your mouth. As you get comfortable with your denture, the excess saliva production will also settle.

When you get a new denture, you should avoid sticky foods. Begin eating with soft foods until you become accustomed to your new denture.

You should chew from both sides of the mouth so that the equal pressure keeps the denture in place. Don’t forget to rinse your denture after every meal.

Your dentist will advise you on how to wear your denture, especially if you have a partial denture with metal clasps. Never try to wear or adjust your denture by biting on it as it can bend or break the metal clasps.

Caring for your dentures

Keeping your denture clean and stain-free helps in increasing the longevity of your denture. Dentures are custom-made and expensive, so you should take proper care of it to avoid getting a new denture, which is an unnecessary hassle. Follow these simple steps to take care of your dentures:

  • Keep your denture (partial or complete) over a folded towel or a sink full of water, when you are cleaning it. It will prevent the denture from breaking if it falls during cleaning.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush or a special denture brush to clean your denture.
  • Your dentist may prescribe denture-cleansing tablets. Put a single pill in lukewarm water and immerse your denture overnight to clean it.
  • You can also use hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid to clean your denture.
  • Clean and rinse your denture after every meal to get rid of food debris which can permanently stain your denture.
  • When you are not wearing your denture, always remember to keep it in lukewarm water. It will prevent the denture from shrinking.
  • Always remember to rinse your denture thoroughly before wearing it after keeping it in a cleansing solution.
  • You may require visiting your dentist every six months when you get a denture. You may require a readjustment or reline of your denture with time as the shape of your jaw, face and gums keep changing. You may need a new denture after every 5-7 years.
  • Even if you wear complete dentures, it’s essential to keep your natural tissues clean. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your gums, tongue and the roof of your mouth. It helps in removing plaque and microbe build-up and also helps in improving circulation. If you have a partial denture, remember to keep your natural teeth clean, especially under the metal clasps.
  • When you are not wearing your denture, rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water to stimulate and massage your gums. It ensures that your gums are clean and well-rested.

What points to avoid with dentures

  • Avoid hard-bristled toothbrushes, strong cleaners, and toothpaste to clean your dentures. The abrasive nature will scratch the surface and damage your denture.
  • Never use whitening toothpaste to clean the denture teeth. Many of these advertised kinds of toothpaste contain peroxide which may change the color of the artificial teeth.
  • Avoid using bleaching products or any bleaching treatments while you are wearing your denture. It may weaken the denture and alter its fit. The metal clasps and attachments may get tarnished and corroded due to the bleaching product.
  • Avoid consuming very hot food or drinks as it may warp or twist the acrylic base of your denture. Never soak your denture in boiling water for cleaning too.
  • Never try to adjust or repair your denture on your own. If your denture feels lose or sore at any point, contact your dentist immediately. He/she will make the necessary adjustments to make your denture comfortable again.
  • Don’t chew, swallow or gargle with the denture cleansers.

FAQs for dentures

Does Medicaid cover dentures?

Typically, Medicaid services are regulated by the federal and state government. In most states, dental care is usually provided as an optional benefit rather than mandatory. In such situations usually, emergency dental procedures such as tooth extractions and treatment of serious infections may be covered by the Medicaid services.

However, there are limitations to the coverage of denture cost. Sometimes, dentures made from a specific material can only be covered by the Medicaid service. You can talk to your dentist to check for available options that might be covered by your Medicaid provider.

Single tooth denture

usually single tooth dentures are considered under the category of partial dentures. It can be a fixed or removable denture based on the needs of the patient. A removable partial denture is a dental prosthesis that can be put in and taken out of the mouth by the patient.

A removable partial denture is one of the most common options for replacing a single missing tooth. However, it can also be used to replace multiple missing teeth in the mouth. Usually, removable partial dentures are cheaper than other prosthesis and cost around $300 – $1000.

Another option for single tooth replacement is fixed partial denture, also known as dental bridge. It is a dental prosthesis which takes support from the adjacent two teeth and replaces the missing tooth space with a pontic ( an artificial tooth). Fixed partial dentures can only be removed by a dental professional.

The cost of a three-unit fixed partial denture usually between $2000 – $5000 depending on the type of material and location of the missing tooth in the jaw.

How to whiten dentures?

Dentures can be whitened in two ways –

  • At home – use a nonabrasive dental cleaner to remove the stains and plaque that might have accumulated on the surface of the denture. You can also use salt and baking soda to remove the stains from the denture and whiten them.
  • Professionally – the dentist can help to remove the stains from the surface of the denture quickly. Moreover, he also disinfects and polishes the surface of the denture to make it look white and smooth.

What is the best denture adhesive?

Fixodent Max is one of the best dental adhesives that provide a solid enduring hold and grips the denture in the mouth throughout the day. Moreover, Fixodent also creates a seal between the tissue and the denture, which prevents food lodgement and gives a comfortable fit.

Some other denture adhesives that are equally useful are –

  • Secure denture adhesives
  • Super poligrip
  • EZO denture adhesive

The average cost of dentures with extractions?

Typically, the average cost of the denture can range between $400 – $600 per tooth replacement with extractions.

Chewing gum for dentures

several chew denture-safe gums are much softer and do not stick to dentures frequently. Some of them include Wrigley’s Freedent and Biotene. Both of these chewing gums are specially designed keeping the needs of a denture wearer’s in mind. Moreover, these chew denture-safe gums help to prevent dry mouth while you are wearing dentures.

Some of the precautions that you must follow while choosing the chew denture-safe gum are –

  • Pick a neutral color
  • Avoid spreading the chewing gum on the surface of the denture

How much do implant-supported dentures cost?

Typically, the cost of the implant-supported denture depends on the type and number of implants used. On average, the cost of this treatment may range between $1000 – $15000.

How should dentures fit in your mouth?

Usually, in the beginning, dentures may feel like foreign objects in ht e mouth. Most people feel soreness and difficulty in chewing or speaking. However, with practice, it becomes much more manageable.

Typically, a well-fitting denture should feel in the following way –

  • It should be comfortable when placed in the mouth
  • The denture should not rock when you close the mouth and bite on it
  • The lips should be comfortable close when at rest
  • The denture must not slip while talking or chewing
  • Soreness may be expected during the initial periods. However, continuous soreness, pain, and discomfort suggest ill-fitting denture

Can you sleep with dentures?

It is usually advised to remove the dentures at night and store them in water. This allows the gums and bones to relax from the constant pressure of the denture during the day. Moreover, it prevents unnecessary choking in the night due to the displacement of the denture in the mouth while sleeping.

Emergency denture repair?

Usually, if the denture breaks at an inopportune time, you may be tempted to fix it at home. Some people use super glue or even wood glue. However, the best you can do is not use household items to improve your dentures. It could have more extended-term consequences.

Some emergency dentists offer same-day denture repair as they have a dental laboratory and skilled technician either on-site or at a nearby facility. In such procedures, a unique acrylic, denture adhesives, and professional-grade teeth are used to make repairs.

How to make your dentures fit better?

The best thing to do is to give it some time to get adjusted to the new dentures. You can also use the following to make your dentures fit comfortably –

  • Denture adhesive – most denture wearers when they feel the dentures are a bit loose or not fitting correctly use denture adhesive. Denture adhesives are often available at a local drug stores. You can also talk to your dentist to get suggestions on the best brands that are currently available.
  • Caring for your dentures each day – another best thing that denture wearers can do is to keep their dentures clean. Denture cleaning solution and cleaning techniques are effective in maintaining proper denture hygiene.
  • Get a periodic follow-up to address any concerns or pain you might be experiencing.

Denture sore spots?

Several reasons cause sore spots under dentures –

  • The dentures are too big to fit
  • Dentures are too small for your gums.
  • Improper cleaning of the denture – accumulations of bacteria or fungi that cause inflammation of the gums.

It is best to follow routine denture cleaning. Use salt and baking soda or any denture cleaning solution to effectively remove the plaque and stains from the surface of the denture. Moreover, you can consult your dentist for correcting the size of the denture to make it fit appropriately on the gums and jaws.

Do fixed dentures cost?

The traditional fixed dentures usually cost between $1000 – $3000. Additionally, immediate or interim fixed dentures may range between $ 300 – $3500 depending on the type of material land the location of the teeth in the mouth.

Tooth extraction for dentures recovery time?

Typically, dentures prepared around 6-8 weeks after tooth extraction. This time period allows the extraction site to heal completely. Moreover, it will enable a base for dentures to fit correctly.

However, in the case of implant-supported dentures, it depends on the suitability of the patient and the dentist’s evaluation to go for implant placement immediately after tooth extraction.

Ultimate fit dentures?

Ultimate fit dentures are made from a unique high- pressure heat injection technology which allows the denture material to cover every corner and contour of the jaws and gums. Therefore, ultimate dentures provide a comfortable fit, especially for the upper jaw dentures.

Some other properties of ultimate dentures include –

  • odor and stain resistant
  • lightweight
  • requires less or no adjustments
  • well fitted to the jaws

Are immediate dentures permanent?

No, immediate dentures are not permanent. They are usually given after tooth extraction. Usually, the gums and jaws remodel after tooth extraction, which often changes the fit of the dentures. Therefore, permanent dentures are made after the healing of the extraction site.

However, in the case of tooth extraction of front teeth, the missing tooth space doesn’t look aesthetic. Immediate dentures are considered as ‘temporary dentures’. These dentures are given as placeholders for permanent dentures, which provide pleasing aesthetics until the permanent dentures are made in the dental lab.

Can you use denture cleaner on retainers?

Yes. You can use any type of denture cleaner to clean your retainer. Usually, denture cleaning tablets are used to clean retainers. Soak the retainer in a cup of cold water mixed with one dispensable denture-cleaning tablet. Soak it for around 10-15 minutes and wash it under normal water. Do not brush your retainers as it may interfere with the wire.

How to fix broken dentures at home?

Generally, it is best to get a professional denture repair. However, in certain situations where this might not be possible, you can use denture repair kits that are usually available in grocery stores or drug stores. This kit consists of all the necessary tools and adhesives that can provide a temporary fix. Follow the instructions carefully to fix your denture and call your dentist to schedule an appointment for a permanent fix of the denture.

Some people also use super glue to improve their dentures. However, it is not advised by professionals as it can lead to more damage to the material and fit of the denture.

Immediate dentures pain relief?

Some home remedies that can help relieve immediate denture pain include –

  • Aloe vera gel – It has a soothing effect and can help heal inflamed gums. Avoid eating for at least one hour after applying the gel.
  • Turmeric – Turmeric consists of a particular compound called curcumin, which contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory qualities that are good for reducing gum swelling.
  • Black tea – has tannic acid that can soothe gum swelling due to dentures.
  • Cloves contain Eugenol, which has analgesic and anti-swelling properties. You can also mix olive oil with grounded cloves and apply it to the sore gums. Wait for five minutes and wash your gums with lukewarm water.
  • Salt helps to inhibit bacteria and reduce mouth sores, gum swelling, and pain.

Should you keep dentures in water overnight?

Yes, usually, the dentures must be kept in a moist place, which prevents them from drying and disfiguring. you can also place your dentures in a denu=ture cleaning solution or plain water overnight.

Doing so will also provide relaxation to your gums and bone from the pressure of dentures during the day.

Best way to clean dentures?

Follow the guidelines to clean your dentures properly –

  • Wash dentures to remove food debris and other loose particles after every meal. Place a towel in the sink so the dentures won’t break if you drop them.
  • Clean your mouth and use a soft-bristled toothbrush or gauze to clean your tongue, cheeks, and roof of the mouth.
  • Brush your dentures regularly – Soak and brush them with a soft-bristled brush and nonabrasive denture cleanser to remove food and plaque.
  • Soak dentures in water or a mild denture-soaking solution overnight.
  • Rinse dentures before putting them back in your mouth.

How to remove partial dentures with clasps?

Follow the advice given by your dentist. Generally, to remove the upper denture,

  • Place your thumb or fingers between the upper denture and cheek. Press downwards gently at the point where the denture meets the gums. Use even amounts of pressure to loosen your denture.

When removing your lower denture, place your thumb and fingers on either side of the denture and rock them gently, pulling your dentures upwards to loosen them.

What is a denture reline?

Denture reline is a soft liner material that is applied to the inner surface of a denture. The reline refits your exiting denture to your gums as your gums change shape. It is used in several situations such as –

  • in immediate denture till sufficient bone healing has occurred after tooth extraction
  • after removal of excess bone particularly in the middle of the palate area liner aids in reducing swelling and inflammation by acting as a pressure bandage
  • after implant placement, implants reliner is placed to prevent direct contact between the denture-base and the implants

How to tighten dentures at home?

It is impossible to tighten dentures at home. However, some people prefer to use home denture kits to try to fix the problems at home. It usually results in an alteration of the fit. Moreover, tightening dentures at home can increase the risk of denture breakage.

The best way to get your dentures tighten is by getting it done professionally. Usually, the dentist can tighten the clasp or reline the denture base to make the fit of the denture more comfortable and secure.

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Ill-fitting dentures symptoms?

Some of the common symptoms of ill-fitting dentures include –

  • Pain and Discomfort
  • Soreness in gums
  • Unstable dentures that often move
  • Difficulty in speaking
  • Difficulty in eating and swallowing
  • Pain in the gums accompanied by bleeding.
  • Clicking noise during chewing
  • Bad breath or altered mouth taste
  • Ulcers and inflammation of the cheek and surrounding soft tissue

Take away message

With advancements in technology, dentures today are more natural-looking and comfortable than ever. They help improve your appearance and help you eat and speak more comfortably.

It is important to take proper care of your dentures, whether partial or complete, to ensure that your denture lasts for a long time. Always remember to follow each instruction your dentist gives for wearing the denture and maintaining it.

Never try to repair or adjust your dentures by yourself if it chips or breaks. You could do irreparable damage to your denture and may require a new one to be made.

Visit your dentist if your denture doesn’t fit properly anymore or feels sore at any point or if it breaks from any spot.

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