Overtime, your dentures will need to be relined, rebased or remade either because of normal wear and tear or to adapt to the aging-related changes to the jaw bones, gums and face that can make the dentures to loosen. Relining or rebasing the dentures will require a dentist to refit the denture base or make a new one. Dentures are generally used five 5 to seven years before replacement.
How regularly should I see a dentist if I have dentures?
Talk to your dentist about how regular you should schedule your visits. Generally, you should visit your dentist at least every six months unless there is a pressing issue that requires immediate attention.
Can I wear my debentures at night?
You should avoid wearing your debentures at night unless advised otherwise by your dentist. Night time should be reserved for cleaning and soaking your dentures in preparation for the next day. According to experts, removing your dentures for at least 8 hours daily allows your gums to rest. Additionally, the eight hours also allow the normal stimulation and cleansing of your mouth using the tongue and
saliva. The bottom-line is removing your dentures for at least 8 hours daily promotes long-term health of your mouth and gums.
Is there an alternative to wearing dentures?
A great alternative to dentures is permanent dental implants they are artificial tooth roots surgically anchored on a person’s jaw to hold replacement teeth or bridges in place. Implants and bridges resemble real teeth and are more expensive as compared to dentures. If you are extremely uncomfortable with dentures or you cannot handle the daily care, then talk to your dentist about a treatment option
that is most suitable for you. What procedures should I follow to clean my dentures?
There are different types of dentures and every type should be cleaned differently. Most people have no idea what procedures are suitable to clean the kind of denture they wear.
Here is a brief but detailed guideline of procedures that will give you an idea of how to clean different types of dentures.
1)How to Clean Acrylic (Plastic) Dentures
•Remove any accumulated food debris by rinsing and brushing your dentures with a soft bristled brush. You can either use liquid soap or any other cleaning solution recommended by your dentist or the manufacturer.
•Soak your plastic dentures for at least 20 minutes every day in a solution of alkaline hypochlorite. Dilute the soaking solution according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. After the 30 minute soak in soaking solution, leave the denture soaked in clean plain water overnight.
2)How to clean metal-based dentures
•Start by removing any accumulated food debris by rinsing the denture in a solution of liquid soap or washing up liquid. Gently brush the dentures using a sot-bristled brush.
•Soak the metal-based dentures in an alkaline hypochlorite solution such as Milton or Dentural for exactly 10 minutes. Alternatively you can soak the metal-based dentures in an effervescent peroxide such as super efferent for exactly 15 minutes.
•Remove from the soaking solution and rinse thoroughly using clean water and leave the dentures in clean but cold water overnight.
3)How to clean dentures that have a permanent soft lining
•There are some dentures that are fitted with a permanent soft lining. This soft lining acts as a comfortable cushion between the denture and your gums.
•Start by removing accumulated food debris from the dentures by gently brushing the dentures using a soft-bristled brush and a liquid soap solution or a washing up li
quid recommended by the manufacturer or your dentist
•Soak your dentures in a hypochlorite solution such as Milton or Dentural for exactly 20 minutes. If your denture has a metal strengtheners then soak it for only
10 minutes to avoid corroding the metal. Avoid using an effervescent cleaner on this kind of denture because it will harden the soft lining.
•Remove it from the soaking-solution and rinse it thoroughly using clean water. Soak the debentures in cold water overnight.
4)How to clean debentures that have a temporary soft lining
There are special cases when dentists place a temporary lining in your debenture to keep you comfortable. In order for the soft lining to function effectively, it must remain flexible and soft. To keep this temporary lining soft and flexible you must avoid using effervescent peroxide cleansers. Here is how you should clean
•Start by removing any accumulated debris by soaking the denture in liquid soap or washing up liquid soap then gently cleaning using a sot-bristled brush.
•Soak the dentures in a solution of alkaline hypochlorite such as Milton or Dentural for only 10 minutes daily. Remove the dentures from the soaking-solution and rinse thoroughly using clean cold water. Leave the dentures in cold water over night.
Maintaining your normal diet after you have traded your original teeth for dentures can be very challenging. However, wearing dentures does not mean you have to deprive yourself of your favorite foods. It only means you need more patience and creativity in order to find new ways of enjoying foods that are difficult to chew while
wearing dentures. Here are a few tips that will help you decide what you can eat, skip and what can be tweaked for haste-free munching.
- Consider cutting down on caffeine and switching to decaf. If you have to have coffee then ensure you also drink a large amount of non diuretic fluids to help in the flow of saliva. This is because denture wearers need to keep their mouths moist with plenty lubricating saliva. Otherwise the friction caused by the dentures will irritate the gums and make you uncomfortable.
•Also avoid try and avoid popcorn because a piece of popcorn remnant lodged in dentures can be extremely hard to remove. Hard bits of food stuck in your dentures are not only difficult to get rid off but are also extremely painful. If you are craving for a snack then go for veggie chips that don’t get sticky when chewed. These are easier to chew and are equally as delicious as popcorn. If you are indulging in salty snacks then drink a lot of water to increase the production of saliva
•Eating steak while wearing debentures is quite tricky; this is because biting tough foods creates additional pressure which can create sore and painful spots under the
dentures. If you love your steak and cannot do without it then cut it into tiny pieces and chew slowly. Alternatively, instead of steak go for softer meats such as chicken, seafoods and ground meat.
•Although raw fruits and vegetables are essential for a balanced diet, they can be very hard to chew if you have debentures on particularly hard fruits such as carrots, apples and corn-on-the-cob. Biting into these hard foods puts a lot of pressure on the front teeth and this can dislodge dentures. Do for a whole fruit smoothie instead; a whole fruit smoothie is a puree of the entire fruit including the skin to ensure you still get all the essential nutrients. It may not be easy to give up eating raw vegetables but with a little research, you will be able to get many creative and delicious fruit smoothies that will be a great alternative to raw fruits.
Taking care of dentures can be challenging especially if it is your first time. With these tips and regular advise from your dentist, you will be able to take care of dentures so that they can be comfortable to wear and durable.