Dentures today are made from advanced materials designed to give you a natural appearance. We also offer patients Implant Supported Dentures, which work better for many people than traditional dentures.
Dr. Bone will work with you to determine which option best meets your needs.
The primary advantage of traditional dentures is low cost. However, many people develop sore spots from dentures rubbing against their gums. It can be difficult to chew. With traditional dentures, the shape of your mouth may change.
Implant Supported Dentures are more expensive, but they are less likely create problems. They don’t slip, so most people don’t experience sore spots or difficulty chewing. With implants, the shape of your mouth is far less likely to change.
No matter which type of denture you choose, you will need to be diligent about caring for them. Daily brushing and regular visits are critical. During an annual exam, we may make minor adjustments that ensure that your dentures continue fitting naturally and comfortably.
Keeping your dentures in top shape helps keep the soft tissues of your mouth healthy. A dirty or malformed denture can cause infections and irritation.
Dr. Bone recommends denture wearers schedule annual exams for an oral cancer check.
Recommended Cleaning Techniques for Traditional Dentures
- Remember to rinse and brush your dentures after every meal. Soak them in denture solution overnight. While the dentures soak, your gums get a chance to breathe. Remember to rinse your dentures before placing them back in your mouth.
- For daily brushing, try soap and water; a slightly abrasive toothpaste; or denture cream or paste. Avoid highly-abrasive toothpaste or creams as these can scratch or crack your dentures.
- Avoid vigorous brushing as this can scratch or crack your dentures.
- Hold dentures gently to avoid loosening a tooth.
- Clean your dentures with cool or tepid water over a water-filled sink. Hot water may warp a denture. A small washcloth placed in the bottom of the bowl will ensure that your denture isn’t damaged if it falls.
- Use a separate toothbrush to clean your natural teeth and gum tissue. You may use a soft washcloth to wipe your gums.
- Schedule annual exams to allow us to clean your dentures. We can safely remove hard accumulations such as tartar or other substances.