Dental Tips Blog

Mar
6

Should You Sleep In Your Dentures?

Posted in Dentures

Dentures are recommended for patients who have lost all of their natural teeth.  They offer many cosmetic and functional benefits, but should you wear your removable dentures at night?

Bone Loss

One reason overnight use of dentures in not recommended is that the constant wear and pressure on the gums can cause the volume and density of your jaw bone to slowly decrease.  If you wear your dentures at all times, this resorption of the bone is accelerated.  As the bone diminishes, your denture fit will loosen and it can also have a negative impact on your facial structure, causing a noticeable change in your appearance.

Serious Health Consequences

During the night, while you sleep, your saliva flow diminishes.  If your dentures have not been removed, they become the perfect place for bacteria, plaque and yeast to flourish while you sleep. A recent study in the Journal of Dental Research discovered that your risk of coming down with pneumonia is 2.3 times more likely if you wear your dentures at night. It’s important that dentures are removed and properly cleaned at night, to decrease the risk of exposure to such bacteria and fungi that can negatively affect your health.

Oral Health Effects

Denture stomatitis is often a result of overuse of removable dentures.  This condition most commonly affects the tissue under the upper dentures causing redness, inflammation and yeast infection.  It can even lead to painful cracking at the corners of your mouth.

Proper Denture Care

To insure your best dental health, it’s recommended that you remove your dentures before you go to sleep.  Call your dentist today and ask how you can best care for your dentures to maintain your beautiful smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Denture and Implant Specialists
203 Woodpark Pl #102
Woodstock, GA 30188

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