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Jan
6

Why Do You Have to Store Dentures in Water?

Posted in Dentures

If you have a full or partial denture, then you’ve heard time again that you ought to keep it wet, even when you’re not wearing it. Anytime the denture isn’t in your mouth, it should be in a container of water.

The main reason for keeping a denture moist is because it can dry out and become brittle.

Dentures are commonly made from a material called polymethylmethacrylate. That’s almost as big a mouthful as your denture, itself! You can call it PMMA for short. PMMA is a durable material that’s stable and retains its shape well, when inside of the mouth..

PMMA is designed to fit your mouth when moist, so drying out can cause it to warp and not fit as well.

Keeping your denture moist is the best way to help it hold its shape for as long as possible.

Additionally, storing your denture in water serves a few other useful purposes:

  • Cushioning in case the container falls or is jostled around
  • Soaking in a cleaning solution to remove stains and bacteria
  • Remembering where you put your denture (if it’s always in the same case, you probably won’t forget)

Dentures don’t last forever, but you can get plenty of mileage out of your custom prosthesis if you take good care of them.

Are you tired of dentures? If you’re finding it difficult to wear a removable appliance or having to maintain it, then you may be ready for another option. Talk with your dentist to find out about other tooth replacement options, such as dental implants.

Even if you stick with your denture for many more years, just remember to keep it wet!

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Denture and Implant Specialists
203 Woodpark Pl #102
Woodstock, GA 30188
(770) 926-0021

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