This page provides some useful information if you are considering dentures as a solution to replace missing or loose teeth, and some tips for people who are already denture wearers.
Although we only offer our same-day dental implant solution at Total Dentalcare (TDC) Implant Centres, we provide this information as we advise anyone considering tooth replacement to carefully research all the available treatment options. As every patient has different dental health needs and preferences, this will help you choose the right solution and dental team for you.
Saliva plays a vital role in keeping your mouth healthy. It has antibacterial properties and, by washing away food particles, helps to keep your teeth clean and infection free.
When you wear dentures, saliva may not be able to reach certain parts of your mouth and gums, and food can become caught under the plate and start to decompose, which can cause bad breath.
This is why it is important to maintain a really good oral hygiene routine and to clean your dentures regularly. The NHS recommends cleaning dentures as often as you would natural teeth (see below).
You should also brush your gums, tongue and any remaining teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste to keep your mouth clean and avoid infections including oral thrush and gum disease. And of course, make sure you have regular check-ups with your dentist or dental technician.
Dentures need to be taken out and thoroughly cleaned with a toothbrush twice a day to ensure that any food particles are removed. Rinsing false teeth with water after every meal can also help to keep them clean.
They should also be disinfected daily according to the instructions given by the denture-cleaning product manufacturer. This helps to protect against infection and soreness and also gives your gums a break.
Dentures should be handled with care – avoid cleaning them over a hard surface to guard against them breaking if they are dropped. Instead, fill the basin with some water which will protect your false teeth if they fall.
Your dentist can deep-clean your dentures to help remove stubborn stains which helps to keep them looking clean.
If they’re well looked after, dentures can last for five to ten years before they need to be relined with acrylic resin to help them fit better, or replaced.
However, the most important thing is how well they fit. Your gums naturally recede as you age and, while dentures are moulded to fit your gums exactly, when you wear dentures your jaw bone will gradually shrink and deteriorate (a natural process known as resorption), which can easily be made worse by wearing dentures, especially dentures that do not fit well or grind against remaining teeth.
This means your dentures may no longer fit properly and may start to become progressively looser, leading to slipping, discomfort or lisping when speaking.
The dentures may then need to be replaced to address these problems. Speak to your dentist for advice.