October 10, 2018
Many people over the age of 45 have some sort of removable dental appliance, and many really don’t know how to care for them. How often they need a check-up? When do I replace an old denture? We have outlined some basic facts so that you can rest easy knowing that you are informed.
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Dentures should be cleaned with a paste designed for dentures, or even liquid dish soap every day and stored in water over night. Regular toothpaste should NOT be used on your dentures. They are too abrasive, causing scratches that allow plaque to build up on the dentures. This can cause the denture to stop fitting properly, and lose the suction required to hold the denture in place. Plaque is often difficult to remove once the build-up has begun. However, a Dental Prosthetist can perform a professional cleaning, using an ultrasonic cleaner and professional strength products.
What if the Denture is Loose or Worn?
Dentures should usually fit comfortably without the need for adhesives to secure them. As a person ages the jawbone gets smaller. It’s a normal process (called bone resorption). Over time, this causes dentures to become loose. In many cases the dentures do not need replacing but simply relining. A registered denture specialist can often do relines the same day. By professionally relining the denture you will be able to speak, laugh and eat much more comfortably.
What if the Denture is Over 5 Years Old?
Dentures should be replaced or refitted every 5 to 7 years. Some wearers think a denture can last 10 years or longer! (Which is simply not true) Your Dental Prosthetist is the most qualified person to tell you when a denture needs replacing. The longer you delay replacing an old denture, the longer your appearance, chewing and comfort are compromised.
These are the Signs Your Dentures Need Replacing
- It’s difficult to eat some foods that you used to be able to enjoy
- The dentures “click” or “smack” when eating, talking or laughing
- Sore jaw, headache and neck pain
- The denture has been repaired once before
- Changes in jaw and facial shape
- Upper denture drops when laughing or yawning
- Irritated or sore tissues
- The grinding surface of the teeth are flat and worn
Please feel free to contact Oakville Denture Centre for any questions related to Dentures.