What are dentures and tips to maintain it?

Take care of your dentures like your own teeth

Written by: Dr. Nijam

October 03, 2020

Dentures help fill in the gap that occurs due to teeth loss and although it is more common among older people, almost anyone can have dentures. Read more to find out what dentures are, and how you can maintain it.

If you think dentures are only for old people, you are wrong. Younger people do sometimes lose their teeth too and end up needing dentures for cosmetic reasons or to simply chew their food better. Overloading of remaining natural teeth, shifting of natural teeth, inability to chew well, bone loss, and changes in appearances are some of the many problems associated with missing teeth. But fret not, dentures are a quick and cost-effective means to solve some of these problems.

Dentures or false teeth are either made of acrylic (plastic) or metal. They are replacements for missing teeth and need to be removed daily for cleaning.

Types of dentures

1. Full Denture


 1. Full Denture

Full dentures are made after the removal of teeth and when the gum has begun to heal. People opt for full dentures when they have lost either all of the upper or lower teeth. In general, it can take up to 12 weeks for the jaw bone to stabilize after teeth removal. However, most patients are unable to be without any teeth for such a long time. As such, dentures are occasionally made in advance before teeth removal and these are called Immediate Dentures. Dentures can also be made without waiting for complete healing of the jaw bone, but this means that the dentures have to be refined as the jaw bone heals.

2. Partial Denture

Partial Denture

2. Partial Denture

Partial dentures, on the other hand, are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. The dentures are attached to a pink or gum-coloured plastic base and are sometimes connected by a metal framework to hold the denture in place. Partial dentures fill in the gaps to avoid any teeth from changing position.

The best time to consider dentures is…

If you have missing or damaged teeth, dentures can be one of the options for teeth replacement. Damaged teeth could lead to an infection, leaving you with no choice but to lose your teeth if you do not have it checked immediately. Avoid the loss of teeth from tooth decay, gum disease or cracked teeth so that you will not require dentures.
The best-time-to consider-dentures is

Getting used to dentures might not be an easy task for everyone and some patients may need about 3 to 6 months to get used to a new pair of dentures. Eating with dentures will never quite be the same and this means sometimes being unable to eat certain foods comfortably—for example, chewing on a steak or biting into an apple.

With today’s technology, however, there is a good chance that you can still fix your damaged teeth before dentures are needed. When you visit your dentist regularly, they are able to detect the early signs of tooth decay or gum disease and recommend the best treatment.

Getting a TENS recording is a painless procedure. In fact, it can be very relaxing. It’s almost like getting a massage for your jaw muscles!

At Coast Dental, we use an equipment known as the J5 TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) machine to relax the muscles of the jaw during the measurement stage to record the most relaxed position of the jaw and its muscles. This is done mostly for patients who have lost all their teeth or several teeth resulting in an altered jaw position. The new dentures will then be fabricated in this newly recorded jaw position, and our patients have found this to give enhanced cosmetic and functional benefits.

How long do they last?


On average, dentures can fit well for about 3-5 years. During denture usage, the jaw bone continues to change its shape and after about 3-5 years, there can be considerable bone loss resulting in a poor-fitting denture. So at this point, the current denture may need to be adjusted for a better fit or a new denture may be required. This is because poor-fitting dentures tend to accelerate bone loss, which can be uncomfortable to wear in later years. Eating and speaking become inevitably difficult and it can also lead to a sore mouth, fungal growth in the mouth and other problems. Dentures that are supported by implants, on the other hand, can last longer as the implants help to retain the natural bone and give support to the denture.

5 simple tips maintain your dentures

1. Clean it daily


 1. Clean it daily

Your dentures need to be cleaned daily. You can use a toothbrush, denture brush or a non-abrasive denture cleanser to remove food, plaque or other deposits. Be careful not to use denture cleansers inside your mouth.

2. Soak in a denture-cleaning solution


2. Soak in a denture-cleaning

Generally, dentures need to stay moist in order to retain their shape. You can soak your dentures in water or denture-cleaning solution overnight to clean the remaining plaque and to disinfect the
dentures. You should check with your dentist regarding soaking your dentures overnight first.

3. Do not wear dentures overnight

Do not wear dentures overnight

 3. Do not wear dentures

Unless told otherwise, you should not wear your dentures overnight. This is to help relieve any soreness, prevent infection and the potential risk of denture-related stomatitis, especially among older people and those at a higher risk of developing stomatitis.

4. Clean your mouth after
removing dentures

Clean your mouth

4. Clean your mouth after
removing dentures

Cleaning your mouth is just as important as cleaning your dentures. So, be sure to clean your mouth after removing your dentures. You can use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your natural teeth,
tongue, cheeks and palate (roof of your mouth). Don’t forget to remove the remaining denture adhesive from your gums too!

5. Schedule regular dental

Schedule regular dental

 5. Schedule regular dental

The best option is to seek professional help from your dentist. They are able to offer you the best advice on maintaining your dentures as well as how often you should have it examined. They can also check the inside of your mouth to make sure that everything is in good shape.

Are you due for a dental checkup? If yes, come and book an appointment with us here!

If you have any questions regarding dentures or would like us to cover a specific topic, let us know!


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