Dentures are a common option when it comes to replacing missing teeth. They are a removable prosthetic device that are supported by your gums. They are not designed to be worn 24/7, nor should they be. In fact, they should be removed every night, and left out while you sleep.
WHY SHOULD DENTURES BE REMOVED NIGHTLY?
Your dentures should be removed, and left out, for several reasons:
- Allows your gums a chance to breathe (blood flow is restored).
- Pressure is alleviated, reducing your chances for sores.
- Saliva can wash your gums, helping to prevent bacterial buildup.
CONSEQUENCES OF WEARING DENTURES 24/7
Traditional dentures are not designed to be worn around the clock. Wearing them 24/7 can have serious consequences to your oral health:
- Denture sores.
- Accelerated bone loss, which can lead to you needing new dentures sooner.
- Gum disease.
- Candidiasis (yeast infection).
PROPER CARE OF DENTURES
Your dentures need to be cleaned every night. Before getting started, lay a towel on your counter, or fill your sink with water, which will provide a cushion in case you drop them. Brush the dentures with a soft bristled brush and either soap and water or denture paste. Avoid toothpaste, as the abrasives can cause microscopic scratches that can harbor bacteria.
Soak your dentures in denture cleaner overnight. Don’t forget to brush your gums, tongue, cheeks and the roof of your mouth before going to bed. Before putting your dentures back in the next morning, be sure to rinse them off.
IMPLANT SUPPORTED DENTURES
An alternative to traditional dentures are implant supported dentures. These dentures are permanent. Titanium implants are surgically placed in your jaw, which provide support for the replacement teeth. This takes the pressure off of your jaw. You do not remove these dentures, and you can care for them just like your natural teeth.
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