The use of dentures as a method of tooth replacement continues to be common, despite the emergence of alternative treatments. Dentures are a good way to ensure that remaining teeth remain in position, and so helping to maintain the wearer’s bite pattern.
In the past, many dentists have often recommended that at least initially, new denture wearers should keep their replacement teeth in continuously for the first couple of weeks following their fitting. This would be done to allow the patient to acclimatize themselves to wearing the prosthetic, but also to help both the denture and the surrounding teeth to settle cohesively.
Changes in the design and construction of dentures in recent times, however, have made the acclimation time decrease, primarily due to the fact that dentures can be crafted to fit the patient’s mouth with greater precision and so are much more comfortable. As a result, most patients are now advised to remove their dentures for at least eight hours per day. The most logical time to do this is at night, while the patient is asleep.
Removing dentures at night helps to promote good oral health by allowing the gum tissue to rest, while allowing the mouth to be stimulated, thus producing saliva which helps to keep the tongue, teeth and oral cavity clean.
The soft tissues of the mouth are those which provide support to the dentures, and so it is important that these tissues are given a regular opportunity to rest in order to allow for blood flow to circulate and to keep the tissues healthy.
While removed at night, it is also an ideal time for dentures to be cleaned. Brushing with a soft toothbrush and denture paste upon removal helps to remove any bacteria from the surface of the dentures. Soaking them in a glass of water, along with a cleansing tablet, also helps to keep dentures clean, as well as helping the devices to retain their shape.
By taking good care of the replacement teeth, denture wearers can look forward to a beautiful and healthy smile for years to come. To find out if you are a good candidate for dentures, contact the office of Dr. Richard Sousa at 516-484-6600 and schedule your professional consultation today.