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How to Take Care of Your Dentures So They Last Longer

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When you know how to take care of your dentures the best way possible, you can help them last much longer. A well cared for denture can last an extremely long time if you’re taking the necessary steps.

Take your denture out every night.

Extensive wear of your dentures isn’t good for the health of your mouth. Your gum tissues need a chance to breathe without them being covered by the acrylic prosthesis. Only wear your denture in the daytime and take it out each night. This will also prevent infections from developing under the denture due to lack of oxygen and bacteria buildup. 

Clean your dentures.

Soak your dentures overnight in a glass of water with a denture cleansing tablet. This will help to loosen debris and bacteria that built up during the day. In the morning, brush your denture thoroughly with a soft denture brush or toothbrush. Do not use the same brush on your gums or remaining teeth. Clean your gum tissue with a soft washcloth or toothbrush before rinsing your denture off and placing it back into your mouth. 

Dont use over the counter adhesives or pastes.

These products simply cover up bigger problems. If your denture isn’t fitting right, then it may be because you’ve lost bone height or the denture needs to be re-lined. Relying on adhesives can allow the condition to worsen and may lead to sore spots due to irregular wear.

Continue to see your dentist.

Your dentist will monitor the wear and fit of your denture periodically so that minor corrections can be made if needed. Sometimes it may be necessary to re-line your denture to help it fit better.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mark Rowe, Rowe Family Dental Care



The 411 on Dentures

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Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth and the gum tissues connected to those teeth. Made of acrylic plastic, porcelain, and metal materials, dentures closely resemble natural gum tissue and teeth. Despite the common misconception, dentures are not just for the elderly. Anyone who has lost permanent teeth can replace them with dentures. There are partial dentures for those who still have some of their natural teeth, and there are complete dentures for those who have had to have all of their natural teeth removed. Not only do dentures replace missing teeth, but they help to protect the exposed area of gum line and tissue where the missing teeth used to be. 

People of any age can lose permanent teeth. Be it from injury, tooth decay, or gum disease – some people do not keep their permanent teeth for their lifetime. Tooth loss can have a huge emotional impact on some patients. Replacing missing teeth with dentures can help people to feel complete in their appearance again and be much less self conscious. For those who have lost just a few teeth, partial dentures are used to fill in the spaces created by the missing teeth and to prevent other teeth from shifting. The mouth does not want to have open gaps, and the bone in those gaps will begin to deteriorate causing more oral health problems. Dentures are a way to satisfy the mouth’s need to be complete in order to keep the gums and bone healthy and in place.

New denture wearers need time to become accustomed to their new teeth because even the best fitting dentures will feel awkward at first. Speaking and chewing will be different, and patients will need to adjust the movements of the mouths in order to make their dentures feel comfortable and normal. Proper care of the dentures and regular visits to the dentist will help ensure that dentures are properly formed for the mouth and are working like they should.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mark Rowe, Rowe Family Dental Care



Partials vs. Full Dentures

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“Just pull all of my teeth out and put in a denture.” There comes a point in time where some dental patients come back to the dentist after years away, and are so frustrated with the health of their teeth that they simply want to have them all extracted. Although this can seem like a straightforward answer to their oral health needs, it may not always be the best choice depending on the patient’s circumstances.

In most cases, it is in the best interest to maintain as many healthy teeth as possible. A partial denture allows this to happen, as the only teeth extracted are those that are past the point of being restorable. The partial snaps into place around, and secured by, existing healthy teeth. This allows this type of appliance to be smaller, easier to wear, and easier to adjust to than a full denture would.

In some cases full dentures are the most adequate treatment choice for a patient. When there are no restorable teeth, or bone height is too low for implants to be placed, a full denture can replace every tooth in the mouth in a single treatment. The part worth mentioning is that dentures cover a larger portion of the mouth, and therefore require more time adjusting to eating or talking.

Let your dentist know what your treatment expectations are, and what goals you have about the healthy teeth still in your mouth. A one-on-one consultation will analyze teeth one-by-one to determine your treatment options and what treatments may be the best for your individual needs. In some cases you will have 2 or 3 options when it comes to restoring your smile.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mark Rowe, Rowe Family Dental Care



Caring for Your Dentures

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Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth and their surrounding tissue. Proper care of dentures is very important for the health of your mouth and for making sure your dentures last as long as possible. Dentures are an expensive investment for people who need to replace teeth lost due to injury or disease. With proper care, your smile can last for years to come.

One of the first things your dentist will tell you when caring for your dentures is to handle them with care. Most people are encouraged to stand over a folded towel in case of an accidental drop. While dentures are tough enough to withstand chewing and normal oral functions, they are extremely fragile outside of the mouth.

Proper cleaning of dentures is vitally important to your mouth and to the life of your dentures. While there are many products available to specifically clean dentures, mild dishwashing liquid can be used. Many types of toothpaste are too abrasive for dentures; therefore they should not be used. Your dentist will be able to recommend the best source of cleaning care for you and your dentures.

It is important to keep your dentures moist when they are not being worn so that they do not lose their shape or dry out. When not being worn, dentures should be placed in a denture soaking solution or in water. Your dentist can recommend the best solution for keeping your dentures moist.

Because your dentures are sitting in your mouth on top of your exposed gums, it is essential to your oral health to properly care for your dentures. Dentures that are dirty can cause serious oral and health problems. With proper care of your investment, your dentures – and your smile – can last for years to come.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mark Rowe, Rowe Family Dental Care



Advantages and Disadvantages of Dentures

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Over 30 million Americans have dentures and the number is expected to continue to climb.  Especially among older Americans who are missing all or most of their teeth, dentures are the most popular tooth replacement option.  If you are considering dentures, you should understand the advantages and disadvantages before you make a decision.

Dentures are a removable prosthetic device that replaces your missing teeth. Dentures rely on suction and a tight fit around your gums to stay in place.  A well made, properly fitting set of dentures can provide you with an attractive smile and for most patients, are a vast improvement over a mouth full of decayed, damaged, and missing teeth.

Dentures can provide fast relief from years of tooth pain and discomfort, difficulty eating, and being self conscious about your smile.  You will be able to smile with confidence and with some practice, you should be able to eat a normal diet.  In addition, gum disease and tooth decay has been linked to overall health problems.  For many patients, the best option for resolving chronic oral health issues is by replacing their remaining natural teeth with dentures.

Dentures are durable and can last five to ten years or longer with good care.  However, due to natural changes in the person’s gums, new dentures are usually needed by this time to help ensure a comfortable, secure fit.

One of the primary drawbacks to dentures is that they can slip or become loose.  This can make eating a speaking a challenge.  It takes a few weeks to learn to chew properly with dentures and some patients have a hard time learning.  Even in the best cases, denture wearers cannot cannot bite down with anywhere near the pressure of natural teeth.

In addition, the fit of the denture changes over time due to changes in the patients jawbone and gums.  These changes affect the fit of the denture and require adjustment by a dentist.  Some patients also find dentures to be uncomfortable and to cause problems with their gums.  Finally, dentures do not stimulate bone growth and denture wearers will experience bone loss in their jaw that can affect their appearance.

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