Advantages of Dentures and How to Properly Look After Them

Posted on: 6 April 2021

If you're missing all or several of your adult teeth, then you can benefit from treatment with dentures.

Dentures are artificial teeth replacements for missing or lost teeth. When used to replace all of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw, they're known as complete or full dentures. When the patient still has some of their natural teeth in place, partial dentures are used. There are other variations of dentures, depending on how they are made and fitted. When looked after and used correctly, dentures can provide a variety of great benefits to wearers.

Here's a look at some essential benefits that dentures provide and tips on how to maintain them.

Advantages of Dentures

Dentures offer a variety of benefits to patients. Some of the essential benefits that dentures provide to patients include:

  1. They boost the wearer's smile by providing them with a fuller smile.
  2. A fuller smile prevents facial sagging and contributes to a better facial appearance.
  3. Dentures are perfect self-esteem and confidence boosters for people who have trouble speaking or smiling because of missing some or all of their adult teeth.
  4. There are no restrictions on what you can eat or drink with dentures. However, you may have to start out with foods that are easy to chew.

On the downside, wearing dentures requires some time to get used to. During this time, you may feel a bit uncomfortable having them in your mouth.

Essential Care Tips for Dentures

Like your natural teeth, dentures should be kept clean. The following daily routine will help remove any plaque and stubborn stains that are left on your dentures.

  1. Remove your dentures when going to sleep and soak them in a mild, warm denture-cleaning solution. 
  2. Brush your dentures with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a non-abrasive toothpaste to avoid causing damage to the dentures. Make sure you clean all areas of the denture surface.
  3. Thoroughly rinse your dentures with lukewarm water after every meal to help remove loose, plaque-forming food particles that stick to them. 
  4. Rinse off any excess denture cleaner before putting your dentures back in your mouth.
  5. Avoid dropping your dentures on floors, countertops, and other hard surfaces that may cause them to break.

Follow these and other denture care tips that may be provided by your dentist or prosthodontist. 

While dentures are a great treatment option for people who are missing some or all of their adult teeth, they're not for everyone. Consult your dentist to determine if dentures are right for you.