If you are missing several teeth, your dentist may recommend dentures as a tooth replacement solution. Tooth loss can cause problems with your gums and remaining teeth, so restorative dental treatment should be sought as soon as possible. Your dentist will find the best plan for your dental needs, and partial or full dentures can be a valuable option. Dr. Angela Wingate, a dentist in Garner, NC, provides guidelines for taking care of your dentures.
Clean dentures daily
Dentures develop plaque and tartar just like natural teeth and require good oral hygiene to keep clean. The prosthetic teeth of your dentures should be brushed daily. Mouthwash can get rid of excess bacteria that can cause decay or gum disease. Your dentures should also be soaked in water when not in use so that the fixture does not lose its shape due to lack of moisture. When washing your dentures, you should avoid hot water, as heat can warp the fixture. Proper hygiene habits can protect your dental fixture as well as your oral health.
Avoid unnecessary pressure
Traditional dentures can restore some chewing ability, but biting down on hard items can cause slippage or damage to the fixture. Traditional dentures are removable, so if you know you are going to expose your mouth to wear and tear, it may be a good idea to remove your dental fixture. It is possible to wear dentures while you sleep, but if you grind your teeth, it is best to remove dentures at night to avoid causing damage to the fixture due to bruxism.
Pay attention to the fit
Your dentures are created with your unique smile in mind. The dental laboratory crafts your prosthetic teeth with consideration to shape, color, and size for a custom fit. Your dentist will also ensure the dentures fit properly in your mouth during your appointment. If you notice that your dentures slip out of place frequently or do not have a comfortable fit, let your dentist know. They may be able to adjust the fixture. Dentures can wear down over time, so if it has been five or more years since a dentist has examined your dentures, it may be time to schedule an appointment.
Dentures and restorative dentistry in Garner, NC
Dr. Wingate provides dentures and other restorative dentistry treatments to patients in Garner, NC. Garner Family and Cosmetic Dentistry also offers general and cosmetic dentistry for patients of all ages. To schedule an appointment with us, contact our office online or reach us by phone at 919.238.3470.