Dentures are highly advantageous to patients who have lost all or most of their natural teeth. They are prosthetic teeth that are made from ceramic and acrylic. Though they are quite tough and durable, they could change in shape, wear excessively, or the teeth may loosen when they are not cared for well. Here is how you can ensure your dentures stay in good shape and restore your smile perfectly.
Clean them regularly
The prosthetic teeth are made from ceramic material. It has properties similar to that of natural enamel, such as durability, texture, translucency, etc. With regular usage, dentures can stain and look dull. Plaque may get accumulated on them over time and form tartar deposits. Though they do not develop cavities (since they are not living tissues), the adhered plaque and tartar can ruin their appearance.
You will have to clean the dentures every day. Choose a soft or medium bristled toothbrush to clean them. Gently brush every single tooth and also the acrylic that holds them together. Make sure to remove any food particles that are lodged in between the teeth as they can promote the growth of microbes. However, avoid the use of toothpaste while brushing them as it can result in abrasive damage. Instead, use a denture cleansing solution that the dentist provides.
Store them safely
When you take the dentures off, especially at night, make sure to store them safely in a jar of water or a denture cleanser soaking solution. This is done to keep them moist and in shape, which otherwise could make them dry and ill-fitting. Never place them in hot water as this can warp them and alter the fit.
Do not clench on them
Clenching your jaws or biting hard on the dentures can alter their shape and make them ill-fitting. Most patients who newly get dentures tend to clench their jaws as the feeling of prosthetic teeth in their mouths can be quite exciting. When you grind on them, the ceramic teeth can wear excessively and lose their shape. Hence, use them gently and avoid biting on hard objects, tearing open plastic bags, etc. If you feel a change in the dentures’ fit, visit a dentist at the earliest to get them fixed.
Please schedule an appointment online or call us at (408) 371-1070 to have a consultation with any of our Los Gatos Dental Group dentists, and we will be happy to help!