Dental Tips Blog

Jun
18

Why You Need to Keep Your Dentures in Water

Posted in Dentures

Why is soaking a denture overnight so important? It could affect the long term fit of your prosthesis!

Water Prevents Staining

Soaking your dentures prevents food and plaque stains from sinking in. It’s even better if you can keep your dentures in a cleaning solution. Soaking also inhibits bacterial growth.

Water Protects Your Denture

A denture left on a napkin or tabletop is asking for trouble since they’re fragile. Storing them in a container of water is the best way to cushion them when they’re not in your mouth.

Your Mouth Needs a Break

Storing your denture safely in a container of water also provides your gums with a much-needed rest. Your mouth needs denture-free time to “breathe.” Otherwise, you risk getting inflamed and infected oral tissues.

Your Mouth Dries Out at Night

Your body naturally produces a steady stream of saliva throughout the day. But this process slows down at nighttime. This is bad enough for your mouth since a dry environment fosters germ growth, but it’s even worse if there’s a denture there to trap bacteria against the gums.

A dry oral environment is also bad for the denture, itself.

Dentures Dry Out Without Water

Your denture was designed to fit perfectly in a damp environment like your mouth. But if it dries out, the acrylic frame can warp and shrink. Once that happens, the damage is done. You can’t reshape it by soaking it later on.

Soaking Helps You Find Your Denture

As long as you consistently store it in the same container of water in the same place, you’ll be less likely to misplace your plate.

Ask your dentist for more tips on smart denture care.

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

Nov
30

Which is Right for You: A Full or Partial Denture?

Posted in Dentures

As the names imply, a partial is not a complete denture. It only replaces a few teeth while a full denture replaces all the teeth.

Like many other patients, you might face this choice: do you have your last remaining teeth pulled and replaced with a full denture, or fill in the gaps with a partial?

Keep it Conservative with a Partial

Partials replace a limited number of missing teeth. If you’re only missing one or two teeth, then it makes sense to replace those with a partial. Why pull all the healthy teeth?

A partial needs to be removed and cleaned daily, just like a full denture. For a partial to work, you do need to have some healthy teeth left for the partial to clip around.

When a Full Denture is Best

Maybe you have one or two healthy teeth left, but without healthy neighbors, they won’t do you much good. In this case, you might opt to pull them to get a full denture and replace everything at once – especially if your few remaining teeth are starting to wear out.

A denture provides support to maintain your smile’s structure and let you chew with a full set of teeth. Just remember that a denture won’t do what your natural teeth used to. Don’t be in a hurry to replace healthy teeth with a denture unless it’s absolutely necessary.

A Matter of Preference

In the end, it comes down to what’s most important to you. Do you want to hold onto your healthy natural teeth as long as possible if that means completing your smile with a partial? Or are you ready to switch to the simplicity of a denture?

Your general dentist is in the best position to give you personalized advice about which dental prosthesis is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Greencastle Dental
195 Greencastle Road
Tyrone, GA 30290
(770) 486-5585

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