Dentures are removable appliances that replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues. They are made of acrylic resin or porcelain and are custom-made to fit snugly over your gums.
There are two main types of dentures:
- Complete dentures: Used when all teeth are missing in the upper or lower jaw, or both.
- Partial dentures: Used when some natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. They are designed to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth and prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of place.
Dentures can provide many benefits, including improving your ability to eat and speak, restoring your smile, and supporting your facial structure. However, they do require regular care and maintenance, including daily cleaning and periodic adjustments by a dentist or denture specialist.
How to care for your dentures
Daily cleaning with a brush, soap/detergent and water (Image 1.)
- Every night and after meals when possible
- Brush the inside and outside of your denture
- Don’t use abrasive cleaners or toothpaste
Regular soaking of dentures for at least 20-30mins every day in a denture cleaner solution (Image 2.)
- This reduced germs, infections and bad breath
Do NOT wear your denture overnight
- Unless instructed to by your dental professional
After cleaning your denture of a night time, store it in a dry place
- This reduces the build-up of germs
Always use your fingers to put in and take out your dentures
- Avoid biting dentures into position. This puts stress on the dentures and your existing teeth
What to do if you have soreness with your new denture?
- Continue to wear your denture for short periods of time to get used to it (e.g. whilst eating)
- Warm salt water rinses to help the healing of sore spots
- Try to wear your denture the day before your denture adjustment appointment. This will allow your dental professional to see your sore spots