DENTURE CARE AND MAINTENANCE TIPS
Protecting your investment. Whether you have invested in implants or opted to go into a more affordable solution, such as dentures, it is important you follow up with maintenance to ensure you will receive the longest life from your device.
SHORT TERM MAINTENANCE: DAILY CLEANSING
You will want to remove and rinse your denture at least twice a day. Food Particles can still find their way in between a denture and soft tissue removing and rinsing is the best way to remove bacteria and reduce build up.
We recommended that at least once a day you remove your denture, wash it with a soft bristle toothbrush and cleansing agent, such as soap and water, remember to wash all sides of the denture and soak overnight either in water or a denture soak special for dentures. Avoid products that contain chlorine for it can tarnish your inserts and stain your denture.
We do recommend that you remove your dentures at night for sleeping. First, if you are a grinding the force of the denture rubbing against one another can cause harm to the implants. Secondly, not soaking your denture at night can dry out your denture, and cause it to break or fracture.
LONG TERM MAINTENANCE: YEARLY APPOINTMENTS
I know, all the teeth are gone and the upside is never having to come to the dentist again but unfortunately, that isn’t true. We need to see you at least on a yearly basis to check your implants, clean your denture, and check the bite.
Occlusion and tissue support is very important to ensure the longevity of the denture and implants. If we are seeing you on a regular basis most likely we can predict if something will go wrong, stop the problem and save you a lot of money and time in the future. Checkups are easy, only take about an hour, low cost and is the single most important thing you can do to protect your investment. Cost $150
Some things to be aware of:
- Dentures are not invincible. They will break if dropped. When cleaning, we recommend, placing a soft towel down or filling the sink with water to cushion if this does happen.
- Dentures do have to be replaced every so often. If you take good care, it should last between 5-10 years
- Relines are needed when tissue changes. The tissue is unpredictable and resorbs faster in some, meaning they might need a few more relines in their lifetime compared to someone else. These typically can cost around $300-600 depending on what type of relining needed but should only be required every few years or so.
- Snap in dentures require you change or maintain the inserts inside the housings attached to the locators. The cost is $35 an insert and no charge for insertion. We recommended once a year having them replaced with cleaning appointments.