Dentures: Ways You Can Keep Them in Good Condition

Posted on: August 28, 2015


If you are considering getting dentures, you are in good company. These dental prosthetics have been used for hundreds of years to replace missing teeth. While they were once rudimentary and obviously replacement teeth, dentures are now quite comfortable and very natural-looking. In fact, it can be difficult to tell the difference between natural teeth and a set of dentures – if they are created correctly. We start by conducting a dental examination where we take x-rays of your mouth, make an impression, and take measurements. This will all be used by the dental lab to create a set of dentures customized for your mouth and your needs. We will work with the lab to ensure every detail is completed correctly and then call you into our office for a fitting. We will have you insert them into your mouth, practice opening and closing your mouth, chewing, etc. so we can determine how well they fit and work. Once we are satisfied with their fit and condition, you will be free to go, and then it will be up to you to keep them in good shape over time. If you do so, there is no set expiration date, and they can last much longer than the standard five years.

Here is what you can try at home:

Soak them nightly. Remember to keep your dentures moist by soaking them at night. You can do so by taking them out and placing them in water or a special soaking solution. Be sure to have a designated spot for them, so they are not confused with something to be tossed out or accidentally knocked off the nightstand.

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