Denture Care Chattanooga, TN
Proper denture care is an essential part of a daily routine. Full and partial dentures should be cleaned daily to remove bacteria. Regular care keeps your dentures free from stains and your mouth in good health. On this page, we break down the steps to take when caring for dentures and how to make sure your mouth stays healthy.
If you would like to talk to someone directly for advice on your care regimen, Dental Partners East Ridge is here for you. You may reach us by phone at (423) 680-6784. Our practice has experience treating patients in Chattanooga and the surrounding area.
Taking Care of Dentures
Daily care for full and removable partial dentures follows a different regimen than care for natural teeth. For instance, as part of your routine after eating, you should rinse your dentures to remove any food particles and bacteria.
At least once a day, preferably before going to bed, you should follow these steps to keep your dentures clean and in good shape:
- Safely remove dentures after eating. A University of Michigan study recommends taking them out over a towel or sink filled with water. Dropping dentures, even just a few inches above a hard surface, can cause them to crack or break.
- Rinse and brush dentures with soft bristles and no toothpaste. Run your dentures under a sink to remove plaque and food particles. It is best to use brushes and cleaners specifically designed for dentures. Hand soap or mild dishwashing liquids are also acceptable cleaners. However, most household cleaners could damage dentures and are not advised. Never use toothpaste to clean dentures as it is too abrasive. After running your dentures under water, rinse and apply cleaner to the brush. Scrub your dentures gently, moving the brush’s bristles over every surface. Brushing too hard could alter the shape of the plastic and affect the metal band attachments.
- Put dentures in cool water or solution overnight. Dentures may only be placed in cool water as warm water can warp its shape. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), dentures must also stay moist at all times. Some dentures should only be placed in water as a solution may dull the metal attachments. If a solution is advised, there are several popular brands to choose: Efferdent®, Polident®, and Retainer Brite®. We can recommend whether to use a solution in your daily denture care.
- Once dentures are set aside, brush your teeth and gums with a soft-bristled brush. Caring for partial dentures still requires regular flossing and brushing of natural teeth. When caring for full or partial dentures, brushing your gums and tongue stimulates circulation; this is especially important to do after affixing your dentures in the morning. Make sure to massage and wash out your mouth with salt water regularly when dentures are removed.
- Thoroughly wash off denture solution before placing them back in the mouth. Dentures should be rinsed to avoid ingesting solution. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, swallowing solution can cause irritation, swelling, or trouble breathing.
If the dentures are not removable and stick to the patient's gums, then the dentist will recommend a different cleaning regimen. In many cases, caring for implant dentures will be the same as taking care of permanent teeth with brushing twice a day.
“In many cases, caring for implant dentures will be the same as taking care of permanent teeth with brushing twice a day.”
How a Dentist Can Treat Your Denture Needs
Even if you have lost all your teeth, it is essential to seek professional dental care regularly. A dentist can advise the right treatment and cleaning techniques for your dentures. Patients with dentures should seek care every six months unless a dentist recommends otherwise. Dentists can also look for signs of oral cancer, perform routine cleaning, and examine dentures for fit.
Over time, you may need to adjust or repair your dentures. After receiving dentures, follow-up appointments are typically made for adjustments. If your dentures have breaks, chips, cracks, or a loose tooth, you should contact a dentist immediately. Most repairs and adjustments can be made on the same day. However, complex maintenance might need to be sent to a repair specialist. Your dentures will typically last five to ten years before needing replacement, but complete replacements can be made earlier.
“If your dentures have breaks, chips, cracks, or a loose tooth, you should contact a dentist immediately.”
In-Home Care for Dentures
Do not attempt to adjust or repair dentures by yourself. Do-it-yourself kits can permanently damage dentures or harm one's oral health. Household glues should never be used as they can contain harmful chemicals if swallowed. The U.S. FDA warns against overuse of denture adhesives and suggests to use only use as a temporary solution when dentures become loose. Certain denture bonding products have Zinc, which may cause health problems if used in excess. When used responsibly, you may choose from a variety of denture adhesives, such as Fixodent® Original, Super Poligrip®, and DenTek® Secure. For more information on how to repair or adjust your dentures, you may contact us to speak with a qualified professional.
Maintaining good oral hygiene and consistent dentures cleaning can help reduce the number of visits to a dentist. For partial dentures, clean the teeth that rest under the metal clasps diligently as plaque tends to build under the clasps. Avoid using whitening toothpaste on natural teeth. Never use products containing bleach on your dentures as it can tarnish the metal attachments. Eating well-balanced meals also contributes to a healthy mouth. For more useful tips on denture care, contact one of our Dental Partners East Ridge dentists.
“Never use products containing bleach on your dentures as it can tarnish the metal attachments.”
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What to Do if You Damage Your Dentures
While dentures are durable when in use, they are not invincible. Simply dropping the dentures on a rough surface can break, chip, or damage the dentures. If this happens, it is crucial to seek our professional services for repairs. The patient needs to protect the dentures to prevent further damage and should not try to wear them if the dentures are too damaged. We can ensure the dentures receive the repairs they need to function properly without irritating the patient's mouth when in use.
Repairing dentures is not the time for patients to attempt a DIY (Do It Yourself) project. One wrong move can damage the dentures further and increase the risk of harming the patient's mouth. During the appointment, we will determine the extent of the damage before developing the patient's treatment plan. In some cases, the repairs may take several appointments to complete. The length of treatment time will depend entirely on the condition of the dentures and the issue we need to repair.
Once complete, we will make sure the dentures fit the patient's mouth and send them on their way. If there are any future concerns or questions about proper denture care, our team can help during a consultation.
“We can ensure the dentures receive the repairs they need to function properly without irritating the patient’s mouth when in use.”
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Does effective denture care include adjustments and repair?
A. It is never a good idea to attempt to fix or adjust dentures yourself. If there is a problem with the dentures, then schedule an appointment with us to fix it. Denture care does not mean the patient will need significant repairs each time.
Q. With good denture care, how long will dentures last?
A. Proper care can help patients get the most wear out of their dentures. On average, patients should look to replace their dentures every five to 10 years. The mouth may change over time, while the jaw bone may shift and require a new set of dentures after this time period.
Q. What other supplies are necessary for cleaning dentures?
A. Patients should stock up on a few supplies for maximum denture comfort and cleanliness. Besides using a solution to soak the dentures, patients need a denture adhesive, such as Fixodent®, Sea Bond®, or Poligrip®. A soft toothbrush for cleaning the mouth and a separate one for the dentures are also essential supplies for a healthy mouth.
Q. Does routine denture care mean more visits to the dentist?
A. Maintaining excellent denture care could help patients avoid visiting the dentist repeatedly for denture problems. Part of caring for the dentures involves routine visits to the dentist yearly. It is essential to make an appointment with our dentist if you're experiencing discomfort or other denture problems.
Q. Can cleaning dentures whiten them?
A. Cleaning dentures with the right products after every meal can keep stains from setting in. Brushing and soaking can help dentures appear brighter and whiter. Avoid using abrasive cleansers, which could cause the material to wear away.
Q. How do I know if a denture care product is effective?
A. When choosing products, look for the seal from the American Dental Association. Products with an ADA seal have been proven safe with clinical studies. The doctor or another member of our staff can give you additional denture product recommendations.
- Alveolar Bone
- The alveolar bone is the bone surrounding the root of the tooth that keeps the tooth in place.
- Denture Base
- The denture base is the part of the denture that connects the artificial teeth with the soft tissue of the gums.
- Periodontal Disease
- Periodontal disease is a condition that causes inflammation of the gingival tissues and membrane of the teeth, leading to tooth loss without professional treatment.
A Chattanooga Team Is Ready to Help with Denture Care
If you are interested in restoring your smile with a fully-functional set of teeth, give us a call at 423-680-6784. We will schedule an appointment as soon as possible and set you on the path to a better, brighter smile. We will customize the dentures to match the size of your mouth and find the right fit.
Helpful Related Links
- American Dental Association (ADA). Glossary of Dental Clinical Terms. 2023
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD). Home Page. 2023
- WebMD. WebMD’s Oral Care Guide. 2023
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