Living without your teeth is not your thought of an ideal life. Thankfully, this doesn’t have to remain your reality. One of the easiest and non-invasive ways to be restored is with dentures, but for them to be as effective as they can, requires proper care. Learn how to extend their life, what your dentist can do to repair them and much more as you read on.
The Benefits of a New Set of Dentures
Having a new set of dentures means that all the activities you either had to give up or can’t perform as effectively as you’d like can be restored. Here are some of the common perks of having prosthetics:
- The ability to eat more foods
- A more confident smile
- Support for your facial structure
- The ability to pronounce words better
To enjoy these benefits to the fullest extent, though, requires that some guidelines be followed.
How to Care for Your Dentures
Once you’re fitted with your custom-designed dentures, here are some best practices to keep in mind:
- Brush them at least daily – Another way to prevent bacteria accumulation is to brush your dentures daily.
- Soak them overnight – Soaking your dentures overnight will help to keep them flexible and will give your gums a rest.
- Rinse them thoroughly before re-inserting – Just as you rinse your dentures when you remove them, you should do the same before re-insertion. This helps to remove any of the chemicals used for cleaning them, which could cause irritation and vomiting if you were to ingest them.
- Maintain regular visits with your dentist – You can never go wrong maintaining regular visits with your dentist for cleanings and checkups. While there, the professional will also examine the condition of your dentures.
- Remove and rinse after eating – Run water over your dentures to help remove debris. To prevent any breakage, you can place a towel under them during the process.
- Handle them with care – Your prosthetics are an investment in your oral health, so it’s always a good idea to handle them with care to prevent any unnecessary damage.
- Clean your mouth after removing them – Bacteria are always present and looking to enter your mouth to cause havoc, so clean your mouth whenever you remove your dentures. This will prevent gum irritation and infection.
By following the above guidelines, you can expect your dentures to last for up to 10 years.
What Happens When Your Dentures Start to Fail?
Even with the best efforts, dentures will wear down over time. Thankfully, there are steps that can be taken to repair, restore and extend their life.
One of the most common methods is to have them relined by your local expert. This process involves the dentist applying a new surface material to the base of the dentures. This will provide a better fit and will help to prevent any gum irritation.
No longer do you have to live in shame or without the ability to function normally. With your new dentures, you can regain the life you once had. To learn more, reach out to your dentist to schedule a consultation today.
About the Author
Dr. Dennis E. Stansbury earned his dental degree from Baylor College of Dentistry and has since gone on to provide top-notch care to his patients for over 40 years. Still, he’s eager to learn more and improve, which is why he participates in continuing education courses throughout the year. Dr. Stansbury helps patients regain the lives they once had with new dentures at Stansbury Dental and can be reached for more information through his website.