With proper maintenance and cleaning, dentures can last several years or longer. Preventative maintenance can also help you avoid dental problems like irritated gum tissue or infections. If you are considering undergoing denture placement in Duncan, OK, Dr. Matthew L. Bridges can give you advice on how to care for your new prosthetic. Chisholm Trail Smile Center has served the 73533 area for more than four decades.
Preventative Maintenance for Dentures
The American Academy of Prosthodontics offers these evidence-based tips for maintaining and caring for your dentures. The removal of bacterial biofilm on dentures is of paramount importance to maintaining good oral and overall health.
- Dentures should be cleaned daily by brushing and soaking
- Use a nonabrasive denture cleanser
- Only use denture cleansers once dentures are removed
- Always follow product instructions closely
- Have your dentist clean the prosthetic during dental exams
- Never place dentures in hot water
- Dentures should be stored in water when not in use
- Dentures made with zinc should be avoided
- Denture adhesives should be removed on a daily basis
- Dentures should not be worn 24 hours a day to avoid denture stomatitis
The AAP also recommends that dentures are checked annually by a qualified dentist. Regular exams can help Dr. Bridges search for signs of oral lesions and bone loss. Dr. Bridges can also check the fit and function of your denture during dental visits.
Denture Options in Duncan, OK
Our Duncan, OK dental office offers three types of dentures. Dr. Bridges can explain the benefits of each option in detail.
- Partial dentures: Individuals who are missing multiple teeth in one area of the jaw may be good candidates for a partial denture. Partial dentures can fill in sporadic gaps in your smile. Like traditional dentures, partial dentures are held in place by the jawbone and gums. Dental clasps that hook to adjacent teeth can add additional stability.
- Traditional dentures: Traditional dentures replace an entire arch of teeth in the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both. Full dentures are supported by the gum tissue. Dental adhesives can add additional stability.
- Implant-supported dentures: Dental implants replace missing tooth roots. Unlike partial or traditional dentures, dental implants anchor your denture directly to the jawbone. The titanium posts have the additional benefit of stimulating jawbone growth, which can prevent jawbone recession and the “caved-in” look associated with some geriatric individuals. Many patients report that implant-supported dentures feel and function like natural teeth. If you are interested in this superior restorative option, Dr. Bridges will be glad to discuss the treatment timeline and cost of dental implants during your next visit.
Contact Our Office Today!
Dentures restore oral function. They also allow a patient to enjoy a better quality of life. Chisholm Trail Smile Center offers many restorative treatment options. If you are interested in learning more about dentures, schedule an appointment with Dr. Bridges in the 73533 area. Contact Chisholm Trail Smile Center online, or call our office at (580) 255-4880.