Removable Dentures are advised by your dentist to help restore the form and function of the missing teeth. They can be either partial(when you have one or few missing teeth) or complete(when you lose your entire teeth)
Why Removable Dentures?
Removable dentures are one of the many ways of replacing your lost teeth. They help in restoring the structure and function of the teeth. Although they are least preferred in the present times, they have their own advantages.Some of them are:
- They are easy to clean as they can be removed by patients themselves.
- They are less expensive.
- They can be customized to any patient irrespective of the underlying health conditions, provided the quality of the underlying bone is good.
- They can be modified to some extent without having to make a new one, in case it gets loosened due to change in dimensions of the bone.
How to Carefully Handle Removable Dentures?
Although, we think it is easy to maintain removable dentures, we still need to handle them as carefully as we care for our natural teeth. Following are the steps you need to consider while using your removable dentures
- Clean your dentures regularly: It is very important to wash your dentures under the running water after your meal every time to prevent the accumulation of food particles on its surface. Food accumulation leads to microbial growth like bacteria and fungi and thus leading to infections over a period of time.
- Store in water: Your dentist will instruct you to remove your dentures at the night time before sleeping. When you remove your denture, place it in a container with little amount of water. This preservesand keeps your denture moist andprevents shrinkage of the denture.
- Care for your denture as you care for your teeth: Brush the denture twice daily,with soft tooth brush with mild strokes. This helps in removing any plaque that adhered to the denture and prevents malodour.
- Denture Cleanser: Soak denturesin a denture cleansing solution for 15-20 minutes and rinse the denture thoroughly. This helps to clear all the deposits on the denture. If not rinsed properly, the chemicals in the cleansing solution may cause rashes or ulcers in your mouth. Also, this step helps in keeping your mouth safe from microbes.
- Handle safely: Even though dentures are strong enough to withstand our chewing forces, they need to be handled very carefully as there are chances of them getting broken if they fall down. Old dentures have increased chances of breaking, hence they need better care.
- Check for loose fits: If you are a long term denture wearer, then you must check if you have loose fits or any discomfort while speaking or chewing. Loose fits occur because the bone underneath the denture starts resorbing. This is a very natural phenomenon and is not a condition to worry as long as you detect it earlier. This can be corrected by simple procedures like relining, etc. in those with diabetes especially uncontrolled diabetes, the bone resorption is faster. They may require frequent visits to their dentists.
- Visit your dentist routinely: It is recommended to visit your dentist once in 6 months for a general check-up. This will help both you and your dentist know any defects with your dentures at the earliest and helps in rectifying it as soon as possible.
Apart from the above mentioned steps, follow the instructions given by your dentist for a healthy and better experience with your dentures.
Smile is very precious. Just because you lose your teeth, you don’t lose your smile. Keep smiling.