When it comes to caring for your cosmetic dentures, you want to make sure you know exactly what to do to keep your replacement teeth looking their best while also keeping your gums healthy and your overall oral health in tip top shape. Care will depend in large part on whether you have a fixed or removable appliance.
If you have a fixed denture, then the apparatus is likely held in place with a series of implants and will look and feel just like a set of natural teeth. Care for this type of appliance will also be very similar to how you would care for your own teeth since the teeth remain in your mouth, securely implanted into your jawbone. You will need to maintain a regular routine of oral hygiene including daily brushing and flossing. Although you won’t be flossing in between any teeth that are part of the appliance, you will still need to floss between any natural teeth and between any of your own teeth where they meet the denture if it is partial model. Your dentist will likely also instruct you on any care you need to take to ensure that no debris or bacteria wind up between the replacement teeth and the gumline, so you may be told to use a special flosser to get into the very small spaces under the appliance.
For those that have removable dentures, care is a bit different. These appliances should be removed each day for cleaning and care, with most people removing them before bed. The appliance should then be gently brushed using a soft bristle brush, just as you would brush your natural teeth. However, since some toothpastes can be too abrasive for the finish of cosmetic dentures, your dentist may instruct you to use a special cleaner during this process.
In addition to daily brushing, you should also periodically place the appliance in an ultrasonic cleaner with a special cleaning solution. This step will offer an added step of cleaning and will help to dislodge any stuck on particles so that your teeth look their best and last a long time.
When your replacement teeth are not in your mouth, you’ll also want to keep them moistened in water or a solution and should not just leave them out on the counter. The type of solution you use will be dependent on the material used to manufacture your false teeth. For example, if there is any metal on the appliance, certain cleaners can discolor the metal and should not be used. It’s also important to note that hot water should not be used because it can cause any plastic to lose its shape.
While handling removable dentures, you need to make sure that you don’t drop the apparatus, causing it to break. It is recommended that you handle your appliance only over a soft towel or a sink filled with water to reduce the possibility of breakage if you should lose your grip.
With proper care, you can expect your permanent or removable cosmetic dentures to provide you with many years of beautiful smiles.
For more information on cosmetic denture care or to schedule an appointment, contact Gentle Dental in Queens at 718-461-0100.