Conventional dentures are usually preferred to immediate dentures: they typically require less realignments and adjustments since the bones and tissue have had a chance to heal before the denture is made.
Overdentures or Partial Dentures
Overdentures or partial dentures are used in cases where there are still healthy, strong teeth left that don’t need to be removed. These are made over a metal framework that attach to your natural teeth. Sometimes a crown is placed over your natural tooth to allow the overdenture an easy spot to attach to it. This kind of denture is popular since it retains your natural and healthy teeth, while providing a removable alternative to bridges.
How to Make Your Dentures Last
We recommend replacing your dentures every 5-8 years, sometimes with repairs happening in between sets. With good care of your dentures, you can make them last as long as possible. Along with the tips below, we recommend regular check-up trips to Corner Dentistry where we’ll be able to spot early signs of issues and fix them before they have a chance to cause real damage to your dentures.
Practice good oral hygiene
With anything dental related, practicing good oral hygiene is the best way to ward off future problems. You should brush your gums, tongue, and roof of your mouth every morning before using your dentures. This helps to remove bacteria that would otherwise be transferred to your dentures. The brushing of your gums also helps to stimulate blood flow, resulting in a healthy and strong base for the dentures.
Clean your dentures
In addition to practicing good oral hygiene, cleaning your dentures regularly will help maximize their lifetime. We recommend cleaning your dentures daily to remove plaque, food, and help prevent stains. Always clean them above a bowl of water or a towel so that if they’re dropped, they won’t hit the ground and damage them.
Don’t let them dry out
Dry dentures are more brittle and prone to breakage than ones that are kept hydrated. Never leave your dentures out for an extended period of time—they should be soaked in a denture solution when they’re not in use. Make sure to use lukewarm water for soaking as well, since hot water can lead to warping of the dentures.