After Getting Dentures - Taking Care of Your New Dentures

Dentures are a great solution for many who have dealt with a significant amount of dental issues. They allow people that have suffered from dental problems to get their functionality and smile back. There are a number of reasons for patients to consider dentures including trauma to the teeth, tooth decay, and advanced gum disease. Dental patients of all types and ages consider and are good candidates for dentures. However, getting dentures doesn’t mean that dental habits and practices go out the window – it just means that they’ll be different. If you’re considering getting dentures to address dental issues you’re facing, there are a few things you’ll need to know about how to take care of them after you get them.

First Thing’s First – Identifying the Type of Dentures You Will Have

The methods of care for dentures may be different depending on the type of dentures you’re getting. There are two types of non-implant-supported dentures; complete and partial. The type of denture that you’ll get will depend on your dental needs and will be determined between you and your dentist.

Some differences between partial and complete dentures:

Partial: Just as the name suggests, this type of denture is to address a part or parts of the mouth rather than an entire set of teeth. Partial dentures are a good option for people who are missing some teeth but not all of their teeth. They are made up of either acrylic and metal or elastic acrylic material. If designed and placed correctly, they can actually help with the health and structure of remaining teeth in the mouth as they can keep them from shifting, increase chewing capacity, and prevent food impaction.

Complete: Unlike partial dentures that are created in order to address some missing teeth, complete dentures are used when a person is missing all of their teeth on either the top, bottom, or both sides of the jaw. Benefits of complete dentures can include improving self-confidence (giving you back your smile), improving speech, increasing functionality (eating), and general supporting of the mouth.

Protecting Them for Years to Come

Regardless of what type of dentures you have, it’s important to take special care of your dentures so they last for many years to come. There are a few important measures you can take to keep your dentures in the best possible shape. And, things you can do to improve the health of your mouth as you wear your dentures on a daily basis.

Some of the measures you can take to care of your dentures include:

Keep Away from Tobacco Products

Products that contain tobacco are not good for dentures. Whether it’s smoking or chewing tobacco, using tobacco can damage dentures and discolor them. If you want to keep your dentures looking as good as the day you got them, refrain from using tobacco products.

Brush Your Dentures Regularly

Brushing your teeth is still something you should do to maintain the health of your gums, tongue, and remaining teeth. But, you’ll also need to brush and clean your dentures. When you keep up with the cleaning of your dentures, they’ll last longer. This means having to replace them less often, which is better for your finances. Before and after wearing your dentures, they need to be cleaned by brushing. This allows for the optimal cleanliness of your dentures in order to prevent any oral complications due to bacteria on your dentures.

Wondering if You’re a Good Candidate for Dentures?

Do you have missing teeth or dental issues which lead you to believe that you may be a good candidate for dentures? Riverbend Family Dentistry in Jupiter, Florida can discuss your dental denture options with you and help you determine if you’re a good candidate for this dental treatment. Find out more about the denture process at our office and reach out to us to schedule your initial consultation.