A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and the tissues connected to those teeth.
Who Needs a Denture?
Dentures are not just for elderly patients. Patients of any age may lose some or all of their teeth and may require a denture of some sort. Tooth loss can have an emotional impact on some people. It is important to talk to your dentist about any fears, anxiety, or other emotions you are feeling about tooth loss.
How do you care for a denture?
Denture adhesives may be recommended, especially for the first-time denture wearer.
Adhesives may improve the retention and stability of dentures for those with minimal bone support or small ridges.
Remove and brush the denture daily with a denture cleanser and a brush (one specifically designed for cleaning dentures or a soft toothbrush).Avoid using boiling water to sterilize the denture, because hot water can cause the denture to lose its shape.If you wear a partial denture, remove it before brushing your natural teeth.
When you’re not wearing the denture, soak it in denture cleanser or water.To avoid misplacing your denture, store it in the same place after removal.
Should a denture be worn at night?
It is considered best to remove it at night and soak the denture in cleansing solution or water.Research has shown that removing the denture for at least eight hours during either the day or night allows the gum tissue to rest and allows normal stimulation and cleansing by the tongue and saliva. This promotes better long-term health of the gums.