May 1, 2017
It’s not inevitable to lose your teeth as you get older. However, people are normally hard on their teeth. Some don’t brush or floss enough. Others skip needed dental cleanings and dental exams. Still more use their teeth to tear into packages, open bottles, and so on.
That means you can find yourself missing several or even a lot of your teeth by this age. When that happens, you will have trouble eating many foods. You can look odd, even when your mouth is shut. You can even have trouble pronouncing your words clearly.
That’s why you need to call our Kansas City, MO dental office at 816-399-5539 to schedule your appointment for modern dentures. Between partial dentures for a few missing teeth to full dentures to replace a full arch, you can get the smile you need to look, chew, and talk normally again.
How Removable Dentures Help Your Smile
If you lose a single tooth, there are two great options for you: dental bridges and dental implants. But those would be impractical to use them over and over again if you have a lot of teeth to replace. That’s where removable dentures come in.
They come in two types. Partial dentures replace several teeth in a row. Full dentures replace all the teeth on the top or bottom of your mouth. Both feature durable, natural-looking replacement teeth set in a gum-colored base.
They have been around for a while, but there’s a very good reason for that: They work. Today’s modern dentures are more realistic and comfortable than ever before. However, there are some things you can do to help your removable dentures last as long as possible.
Taking Care Of Removable Dentures
1. Clean your dentures each day.
Just because they aren’t your natural teeth doesn’t mean you don’t have to keep them clean. Dentures cannot get cavities, but they can get stained. Plus, you still need to worry about gum disease. Each night, take your removable dentures out and thoroughly clean them.
You can use a special dentures toothpaste or a dentures cleaner, but do not use regular toothpaste. That stuff can damage your dentures.
2. Only use cold or lukewarm water with dentures.
Hot water is normally good for cleaning things, but all that heat can change the shape of your removable dentures. It won’t be a drastic change, but just a little warping can make your dentures less comfortable or even cause sores on your gums. Such warping can also make it easier for dentures to fall out unexpectedly.
3. Keep your dentures in water when not using them.
Dentures are designed to stay in the wet environment of your mouth for hours and hours. That means they are made to stay moist. If your removable dentures dry out, they could change their shape a little bit. As with water temperature, small changes made by drying out could hurt you. When you’re not wearing your dentures, keep them submerged in water.
4. Handle your dentures with care.
Your dentures are tough. After all, they have to tear, crush, and mash up all kinds of food repeatedly and come back for more. However, they’re not designed to withstand all pressure. If you drop them on the ground or handle them roughly, you could damage the replacement teeth. You can even change the shape, making it not fit well. Be gentle and handle your dentures carefully.
5. Secure your dentures with implants.
Removable dentures have their advantages, but one drawback is how they can fall out on occasion. This happens when the adhesive gives way or when the shape of the gum-colored base has changed. You can make sure your dentures never move or fall out like this by securing them with dental implants.
6. Continue visiting our Kansas City, MO dental office like normal.
Although you won’t have problems needing cavities or root canals with removable dentures, your gums still need to be taken care of. Having gum disease when you have dentures is a bad idea. Plus, our dentists can gently reshape your removable dentures to make sure they fit just right. Even if you take perfect care of them, your gums will change slightly over the years.