It's important to maintain your partial dentures and all your natural teeth with proper hygiene protocols, and regular dental checkups to help prevent future dental problems.
Here’s what you need to do to maintain your partial dentures and natural teeth.
Daily Cleaning Practices
Removing and Rinsing Partial Dentures
In order to keep your dentures clean, rinsing your partial dentures is important. Rinse your dentures under running water to eliminate loose food or other particles. Avoid using hot water for cleaning your dentures, as it can warp or damage them. Keep a towel in the sink or fill it with water to prevent breaking your dentures in case they fall accidentally. Open the tap slowly so the dentures don't slip from your hands.
Cleaning Partial Dentures
Gently brush Partial Denture with a high-quality, extra-soft bristled brush and a denture specific toothpaste to eliminate plaque, food, and other particles. Regular toothpaste is too abrasive for dentures. If you opt for denture adhesive, gently clean the grooves that fit on your gums to remove any remaining adhesive.
Cleaning the Mouth and Remaining Natural Teeth
You need to clean your remaining teeth the same way you did before getting dentures. Floss and brush your natural teeth and dentures with an extra- soft bristle brush and toothpaste twice daily. Use short back-and-forth strokes and small circular motions to brush your teeth. Lightly brush your tongue to get rid of food deposits and germs. Cleanadent Dental Prosthetic & Mouth Cleansing Paste is the only universal toothpaste recommended by the American Dental Association for both dentures and the entire mouth, including implants.
Recommended Products for Partial Denture Care
You can extend the life of your dentures and keep them clean by using denture cleaners and a sonic Denture Cleaner. They can eliminate deposits on your denture in just a few minutes. The best ones use ultrasonic waves to clean your dentures and even have a timer.
Denture & Mouth Toothbrushes
To protect your dentures from harm, it's crucial to use the proper denture brush. The Dr. B Denture & Mouth Toothbrush has a comfortable ergonomic grip. Your teeth and dentures are protected by the extra-soft specially designed bristles.
Soaking solutions are important to keep dangerous pathogens from developing on your dentures. Liquid Crystal Soak Cleanser is the best soaking solution that helps you remove Strep, Candida, E. coli and Staphylococcus from your dentures. They also eliminate debris, stains, and odor. The Liquid Crystal Soak Cleanser is safe for soft liners and snap in overdentures for 15 minutes maximum. For best results pair it with the Dr. B Ultrasonic Cleaner.
The Importance of Professional Checkups
Regular Dental Checkups
It is imperative to have regular dental check-ups. It becomes even more important if you already wear partial dentures. This will help protect your dentures, natural teeth, and keep your mouth healthy.
Denture Adjustments and Relines
Your mouth's shape may change, which may affect how your dentures fit and feel. As a result, you will need to reline and re-adjust your dentures. While adjustments and relines can cause minor problems, they don’t require you to replace your dentures completely. You will need to make these adjustments over the course of wearing your denture in order to avoid long-term discomfort, an inadequate fit, wear and tear, and aesthetic issues. Make sure to visit your dental professional.
Repair and Replacement Options
If your dentist notices any issues with your dentures, they will most likely first evaluate the condition of your dentures and then try to fix the issue to prevent replacement. They may suggest a replacement or repair if your dentures are severely damaged or are unable to function properly.
Tips for Maintaining a Proper Partial Denture Fit
Proper Placement and Alignment
You can achieve a proper partial denture fit if it is properly placed and aligned. This can only happen if your dentist or denturist has taken accurate measurements and made the dentures accordingly. Therefore, it’s important to consult an experienced, skilled professional who can provide quality dentures.
To achieve a proper denture fit, you must get regular adjustments made to your dentures in addition to choosing quality-made dentures. Your mouth can face several changes over time, which can prevent your dentures from getting fixed accurately on your teeth. Therefore, make sure to visit your doctor for regular adjustments.
Identifying Signs of Improper Fit
Look for signs of improper denture fitting so that you can get it fixed and prevent future issues. Some common signs you can look for are:
- Oral infections
- Swelling in your mouth
- Loss of movement in dentures
- Difficulty chewing and biting
Common Partial Denture Problems and Solutions
Sore spots are common in the first couple of weeks of wearing dentures. But they can also be signs of changes in your jawbone, which require your dentures to be relined. Your dentist may recommend adjusting your denture or a topical anesthetic to reduce sore spots. They may also recommend medication to relieve pain, discomfort, and inflammation.
Loose or Ill-Fitting Dentures
You might receive loose, improperly fitting dentures from some dentists who lack experience. In this case, you need to go to an experienced and skilled dentist to have them properly adjusted. If your denture gets loose after some time, you must get it tightened and fitted appropriately.
Broken or Damaged Dentures
Dentures can get damaged and broken due to avoiding maintenance, oral conditions, low-quality dentures, and several other problems. If you experience this problem, you must visit your dentist, who will provide a solution for broken or damaged dentures. They will either repair or replace your dentures, depending on the level of damage.
The longevity of your partial dentures and the health of your mouth depend on proper partial denture maintenance. Start caring for your denture by practicing the tips mentioned above. Regularly visit your dentist and follow their recommendations to prevent any issues with dentures, natural teeth, or your mouth. Lastly, don't forget to use Dr. B’s Dental Cleaning Products to keep you and your denture in the best condition.