If you wear Dentures or artificial teethit is advised to care for all your dentures as follows :
1. All dentures must be kept clean at all times.
2. Initially, all dentures should be left in your mouth for approximately a week to enable you to get used to the appliance. It is a foreign body because is not part of your system and your body must react to it before you get used to your artificial teeth.
3. After that, always remove it when going to bed to allow for lubrication of the gum tissue and also to avoid swallowing especially if the denture is small and to prevent infection caused by fungi.
4. Always leave acrylic denture (i. e plastic denture) in a bowl containing water otherwise it will shrink.
5. Always have a spare denture to avoid social embarrassment.
6. Always scrub the denture with a hard brush or denture brush with toilet soap and water or a separate hard toothbrush and toothpaste once daily
7. Band on denture must be polished with hickory wood and Porte polisher.
8. If your denture is stained, put it in a bleaching agent and water for 5, 10 minutes then rinse out thoroughly with water before use. The available bleaching agents e.g Paragone, Jik, etc, but there are various bleaching agents such as sterodent and superdent (they exist in powder, liquid tablets form) in the developed countries. The use of bleaching agents should be to the manufacturer’s specification or
Excessive stain on your denture will warrant overnight immersion and then rinse with water thoroughly before use. Most bleaching agents contain hypochlorite, which is bactericidal and fungicidal and helps break down the organic material of adherent plaque, which forms on the dentures. An alkaline peroxide solution is preferable for metal base dentures.
Types of dentures:
Conventional. This full removable denture is made and placed in your mouth after your teeth have healed in the coming months.
Immediate. This removable denture is inserted on the same day after you have to remove one or more teeth. But you have to come back for adjustment or replacement after your jaw has healed. This is a good option for you if you don’t want your teeth to be empty for months.
Overdenture. Sometimes your dentist will save your teeth and jaw bone to provide support for the denture. An overdenture fits over a small number of remaining natural teeth after they have been prepared by your dentist. Implants work the same way too.
Now, it is very important if you use full or partial denture to understand that you need to take care of your overall health and your remaining teeth need to be safeguarded.
The remaining teeth should be brushed twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste. As the loss of a denture may cause great distress and social embarrassment to you, especially for older people. It is advised that you have your mouth and dentures examined every six months.