Dentist in Knoxville, TN offers tips for caring for your dentures
At Sequoyah Dental Arts, you can receive a variety of dental restorations to repair your smile after tooth loss. If you have recently obtained dentures from Drs. Pablo Foncea or Mariko McCall of Knoxville, TN, and are interested in learning about tips and tricks for caring for your dentures, we encourage you to book a consultation visit with our staff today!
What are dentures?
Dentures are restorations used to replace missing teeth. Various types of dentures are available from Sequoyah Dental Arts for tooth replacement, including:
- Partial dentures
- Full dentures
- Implant-supported dentures
Caring for dentures will extend their longevity and keep them beautiful for many years. Our dentists work with patients to ensure they know how to care for their dentures to provide years of proper function, beauty, and fit.
Tips for caring for your dentures
Drs. Pablo Foncea and Mariko McCall want patients to have access to information they can use to maintain their dentures for many years. Below are several tips suggested by our team for denture care:
- Clean dentures after eating. When you have enjoyed a meal or a snack, it is helpful to remove the dentures when possible after eating and rinse them to remove food debris. This will keep them looking beautiful and extend their longevity.
- Carefully handle your dentures. By taking care not to bend, break, or drop your dentures, you can ensure that your dentures will last longer and fewer repairs will need to be made. When cleaning your dentures, it is helpful to use a towel on the countertop or in the basin to avoid damage if dropped.
- Clean your mouth after denture removal. With a soft-bristled toothbrush, clean the natural teeth, tongue, cheeks, and palate. During this time, it is helpful to remove denture adhesive that remains on the gums if its being used.
- Clean dentures daily. Dentures can be cleaned with soft-bristled toothbrushes and nonabrasive denture cleansers. If you are unsure of what to use to clean your dentures, speak to your dentist about his or her recommendations.
- Soak dentures at night. Dentures will keep their shape when kept moist. Patients are urged to remove their dentures at night and soak them in a denture solution or water. To determine if a solution is appropriate for your dentures, be sure to read the directions and ingredients.
- Rinse dentures before placing in the mouth. This is especially true if you used a denture solution at night, as these can contain toxins that are not safe if swallowed.
- Keep remaining teeth clean and healthy. Even if you have full dentures on the top or bottom of the jaw, it is essential that you continue to keep remaining teeth healthy. This can reduce the likelihood of changes in smile alignment and can keep problems such as periodontal disease and tooth decay at bay. This is especially important in the realm of periodontal disease, as this condition can cause bone loss and result in changes in the fit and function of dentures.
- Maintain routine dental visits. Patients are encouraged to visit their dentist every six months for a cleaning and evaluation. Dentures should always be worn or brought to the dentist at this time for an examination to ensure they are fitting and functioning properly.
- Address poor fitting dentures. If dentures are not fitting correctly, it is best to visit the dentist as soon as possible to make adjustments or replace. This can reduce the risk of sores, irritation, and infection. These can cause patients to stop wearing their dentures and result in changes in the mouth, including shifting of remaining teeth.
- Avoid using improper products on the dentures. This includes abrasive cleaning materials, whitening toothpaste, bleaching products, and hot or boiling water.
Learn tips for caring for your dentures today!
Whether you have obtained full or partial dentures from Drs. Pablo Foncea or Mariko McCall at Sequoyah Dental Arts, patients in the area of Knoxville, TN need to connect with our team to learn about the care and attention their restorations require. Contact the practice today by calling 865 973-9899 and visit the practice at 2719 Kingston Pike.