Denture Care & Maintenance

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Proper Denture Care Prevents Emergencies

Dentures don’t get cavities or gum disease; however, they still need proper denture care to stay looking and feeling good. Proper denture care not only helps prevent denture emergencies, but it also minimizes denture sores, mouth yeast infections and bad breath. Denture maintenance involves daily care at home as well as periodic check-ups with your dentist.

Not sure denture maintenance really matters? Read Roberto’s shocking story below.

Keep scrolling to learn more about denture care from our guides below!

Regular Denture Care

Daily Care:

  1. Wash the denture each night. You may brush it with soap and water or soak it in denture cleaner.
  2. Brush your gums to remove food residue.
  3. Never sleep in your denture.

Monthly At-Home Inspection:

  1. Check the teeth for wear.
  2. Check for cracks.
  3. Check for white or discolored patches on your gums and tongue.

If you see the teeth wearing, cracks, discolorations on your tongue or gums or if you have mouth sores, call your dentist.

Yearly Maintenance at Your Dentist:

A yearly check-up includes the critically important oral cancer screening as well as a thorough denture cleaning, inspection and balancing.

Implant Denture Care

Daily Care:

  1. Wash the denture each night. You may brush it with soap and water or soak it in denture cleaner.
  2. Brush your gums thoroughly to remove food residue.
  3. If you still have teeth, brush and floss them nightly. Periodontal disease causing bacteria easily spread from teeth to implants and can cause implant failure.
  4. Never sleep in your denture.

Monthly At-Home Inspection:

  1. Check the denture teeth for wear.
  2. Check for cracks.
  3. Check the silicone housings for wear and tear.
  4. Check for white or discolored patches on your gums and tongue.

See your dentist immediately if you notice the silicone housings wearing thin. Also see your dentist if you see the teeth wearing or cracks forming, or if you notice discolorations or sores on your tongue or gums.

Yearly Maintenance at Your Dentist:

An implant denture requires maintenance at least once a year. Your dentist will check bone levels around your implants and will deep clean and carefully inspect your implants and your snap on denture, replacing silicone housings and re-balancing the bite as needed.

Snap-On Implant Denture

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Partial Denture Care

Daily Care:

  1. Wash the partial denture each night. You may brush it with soap and water or soak it in denture cleaner.
  2. Brush your gums and teeth thoroughly to remove food residue.
  3. Floss around your remaining teeth.
  4. Never sleep in your denture.

Monthly At-Home Inspection:

  1. Check the teeth for wear.
  2. Check for cracks.
  3. Check the metal clasps for fit.
  4. Check for white or discolored patches on your gums and tongue.

Go see your dentist if you see the teeth wearing, cracks, loose or bent clasps or discolorations on your tongue / gums or if you have mouth sores.

Twice Yearly Maintenance at Your Dentist:

To prevent your partial from becoming a full denture, you need to keep your teeth healthy. See your dentist at least twice a year for professional cleaning and exam. Bring your partial denture to each check up so that your dentist can clean and inspect it as well.

Complete and Partial Dentures

Roberto’s denture Story still makes me sad

Roberto came to me with rotten and missing teeth. He could not wait to trade his ugly, hurting teeth for new implant dentures. The day he got his gorgeous new smile he walked out feeling like a new man. He was so excited to take his family out to eat that night! We cheered with him and reminded him to come back and see us for denture care maintenance and an exam in 12 months.Β 

from eating to emergency

About a year and a half later, Roberto’s dentures started to stick when he took them out. He told us that he just pulled harder. Had he looked inside, he would have seen the red silicone gaskets that hold the implants were getting holes. Had he come to see us for denture care maintenance, we would have replaced the silicones and prevents the nightmare that was about to happen. One night he tried to remove his denture but it stuck tight. He pulled until he literally pulled one of his implants out with his denture. When we saw him next, he had his denture and his implant in his hand.

A Denture with NEW Silicones vs. Roberto’s broken and worn silicone gaskets

If you look carefully at Roberto’s worn silicones, you’ll see that they have worn thin and are imprinted with the implant shape. The one with the hole pulled out the implant. The new silicones in the denture shown look like smooth jelly. These silicone housings are purposefully made to absorb the wear and tear of putting the denture in and out. They wear out so that your denture doesn’t. If the housings aren’t replaced regularly, the implant eventually sticks fast.Β 

Loose Dentures

An Implant Overdenture with Brand New Silicone Gaskets

Denture Care

Roberto’s Implant and Broken Gaskets

This never would have happened with proper maintenance

Replacing these gaskets is a key part of implant denture maintenance. We recommend bringing in your snap-on denture once a year for maintenance that includes cleaning and inspecting the housings and replacing the silicone. Proper denture maintenance prevents these kinds of problems.

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Better Dentures Start with a Consultation

Denture maintenance starts with a consultation. It’s the critical step to evaluate your denture and denture fit and to protect your health and your investment.

John Bec

John Bec, DMD, FAGD, FICOI

SAN ANTONIO COSMETIC DENTIST

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