How to Care for Your Dentures
With proper care, dentures can look and feel great for many years to come. If you choose traditional, removable dentures, though, your denture care routine will be much different than if you choose implant-supported dentures or overdentures. Before sending you home to enjoy your new restoration, Dr. Clifford Degel and Dr. Carmen Every-Degel will provide instructions on how to care for your custom restoration to ensure it meets your expectations for many years. Astoria Dental Group in Queens, NY, is also equipped with an in-house dental lab, allowing us to make adjustments to your dentures if needed with a quick turnaround time.
Daily Denture Care
A healthy, consistent oral hygiene routine will help ensure the long-term survival of your dentures.
Remove Dentures Nightly
Place your dentures in a glass of water to prevent the materials from warping. To prevent unwanted debris from affecting your dentures, use a container or glass with a lid on it. Place the container somewhere safe where it is not likely to get knocked over.
Brush Your Dentures Daily
Like your natural teeth, dentures should be brushed daily. While brushing, remove any leftover dental adhesive. Do not use hard-bristled toothbrushes, products containing bleach, whitening products, or extremely hot water. These can damage the color of your dentures. Be gentle with your restoration and do not exert too much force on the clasps or plastic base, which are prone to warping.
Regular check-ups with your doctor are the best way to make sure your dentures look and feel good for years to come.
Rinse Dentures After Each Meal
Food and other particles can become trapped between your prosthetic teeth. Take out your dentures and rinse them off in the sink. Place a towel in the sink while you do this. If your dentures slip out of your hand, the towel will protect them from shattering.
Brush Your Mouth Daily
Even if you do not have any natural teeth, your oral health is still important. After removing your dentures, gently brush your tongue, gums, and the insides of your cheeks to promote fresh breath and oral health.
Rinse Dentures Before Each Use
Although denture soaking solutions can help your dentures stay clean and functional, they can be very harmful if ingested. Before reinserting your dentures, be sure to thoroughly rinse off any remaining solution. Failing to do so can lead to vomiting and other painful side effects.
Caring for Damaged Dentures
No matter how diligent you are about caring for your dentures, accidents happen. Although many store-bought denture repair solutions exist, our doctors recommend you get professional care immediately. Attempting to fix your own dentures can result in more extensive damage. In some cases, though, we may need to replace them entirely rather than repair them.
If your dentures are damaged, do not continue wearing them. Schedule an appointment and safely transport the dentures to our in-house lab.
Consult with a Doctor About Care
Regular check-ups with your doctor are the best way to make sure your dentures look and feel good for years to come. Our doctors can address outstanding issues while they can still be repaired or relined in our in-house dental lab. Learn more about dental care by contacting our team online or calling (718) 278-1123.