Ross A. Hildebrand, D.D.S
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FAQ Dental Information - Denture and False Teeth
Q. How do you clean your dentures?
A. When cleaning your dentures, you should first rinse away loose food particles thoroughly. Then moisten your toothbrush and apply denture cleanser. Brush every surface, scrubbing gently to avoid damage.
Q. How many times a day does the denture need to be cleaned?
A. The denture needs to be cleaned two to three times daily.
Q. What is good oral hygiene when you have full dentures?
A. In addition to taking care of your dentures, taking care of your mouth also is vital if you wear full dentures. This includes brushing your gums, tongue, and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before inserting your dentures. This stimulates your tissues and helps remove plaque.
Q. Do dentures need to be replaced?
A. Dentures will need to be relined, remade, or rebased due to normal wear over a period of time and normal shrinkage of your gums and bones.
Q. What should you do if your dentures crack or break?
A. Call your dentist immediately. Normally, dentures can be repaired quickly, often on the same day. Damaged dentures can cause additional oral health problems, so see your dentist right away. Never attempt to repair dentures yourself. They require professional repair and adjustment.
Q. Why can't you fix dentures that break with glue?
A. Glues often contain harmful chemicals and are not effective in the proper repair of dentures.
Q. What are partial dentures?
A. Partial dentures are dentures that replace only a few missing teeth.
Q. How do you wear a removable partial denture?
A. Removable partial dentures are attached to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments.
Q. How long will it take to get used to wearing a partial denture?
A. Your partial denture may feel awkward or bulky for the first few weeks, but your mouth will eventually get used to it.
Q. How long should you wear a partial denture?
A. Initially, you may want to wear your partial denture all the time. Your dentist will give you specific instructions on how long it should be worn and when it should be removed. Generally, your mouth tissues need to rest so it is advisable that you take out your partial denture at least 15 minutes per day.
Q. Will the partial denture change the way you speak?
A. Your partial denture may help your speech. It can be difficult to speak clearly when you are missing teeth. However, it also will take time to get used to it.
Don't Forget to Floss!
Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner. Decay-causing bacteria can hid between teeth where toothbrush bristles can't reach. Flossing helps remove plaque and food particles from between teeth and under the gum line.
Visit Our Office Regularly!
Take good care of your smile. Remember to visit the dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.
Mouthwash Is Important, Too!
Brushing and flossing may not be enough. The ADA now recommends using an antimicrobial mouthwash to reduce plaque and prevent gingivitis.