Partial or full dentures can be a great way to retain your beautiful smile when you’ve lost some or all of your teeth. Here at Chestnut Family Dentistry in Asheville, NC, we can evaluate your situation and create natural-looking dentures customized to your needs. But how will you have to take care of your new dentures? In this article, we’ll go over the most important factors to consider.
How Do You Take Care of New Dentures?
No matter whether you only have a few teeth missing or you need to replace your whole set of teeth, dentures could be a great option for you. When you come to the clinic to speak to us, we will tell you all about this treatment and how it could benefit you.
We will also go over the ways you need to take care of your oral hygiene and clean your dentures, as well as how you should eat after you have had them fitted. Here is an overview of the differences between full and partial dentures and what you will need to consider when developing a cleaning routine.
If you are only missing one or a few teeth, you might be able to get fitted with partial dentures that have a metal frame. They can be removed for cleaning, and they usually clip onto your remaining teeth on either side. Sometimes, we will also use partial dentures if you have no teeth left, but they will be temporary as a way for you to avoid having no teeth while we create your full dentures.
At first, it’s likely that you have to wear your dentures all the time so that your bone and other tissues can adjust to them. However, your dentist will tell you whether you should do this permanently or whether you can start taking them out at night later on.
When your own teeth aren’t there anymore, we can provide you with full dentures, which are implanted into your mouth and are fixed. This means that they will be just like real teeth, as you can’t take them out for cleaning. Sometimes, we can fit full dentures right away when you come to us and need to have your teeth removed, but at other times, we need to let the jaw bone adjust and change before we can have you fitted.
The best way to find out how this option could work for you is to come to the clinic and have an initial consultation with Dr. Wendy Willoughby, DDS. She will speak to you about your issues and determine the best way address them.
You might wonder whether you still need to brush your teeth and keep up with your oral hygiene routine when you have dentures. After all, with your new set of teeth, you won’t run the risk of developing cavities or other issues. However, it’s important to keep up a good routine because you can prevent gum disease and other dental problems that way.
If you have partial dentures, you will also need to brush and floss your remaining teeth every morning and evening with a fluoride toothpaste. You should take around 2 minutes for this process because that amount of time will allow you to reach all surfaces in your mouth.
Cleaning Your Dentures
Food deposits and plaque will need to be removed from your dentures on a regular basis to keep them looking their best. If you don’t keep up with this routine, they can break faster, and you also risk issues like bad breath, oral thrush, and gum disease. At least twice a day, your dentures should be cleaned. If they are removable, you can take them out and brush them, then soak them in denture-cleaning tablets or a fizzy solution.
When you take them out of this solution, you can brush them again. During the entire cleaning process, you will need to pay attention not to drop them on the floor because they can break. Always clean your dentures over the sink to keep them safe.
At first, eating with your dentures might feel very strange. Dr. Willoughby might advise you to eat soft foods or cut your food into small pieces. That way, you can slowly get used to your new teeth. Make sure to always use both sides of your mouth when eating, as you can avoid uneven wear and tear that way. Gradually, you can then go back to eating different foods again, although there are still certain things you should avoid.
Try not to eat anything that’s sharp or extremely hard, and never use toothpicks on your dentures. You will also need to stop chewing gum because this is too sticky, and over time, it could loosen your dentures.
Get Your Smile Back
Your new dentures will make you look and feel great, but they also require some specific care. By maintaining good oral hygiene, cleaning your dentures regularly, and taking care when eating, you can make sure they last for many years. To find out more about how we can help you regain your smile, get in touch with us at Chestnut Family Dentistry in Asheville, NC. We will be more than happy to find the perfect solution for you.