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All About Dentures


It’s been estimated that up to 40 million American adults wear a full set of dentures - and each year, that number increases. Dentures, both full and partial, are prosthetic teeth that secure to the inside of the mouth to replace teeth that have been lost or that maybe never developed in the first place. But while dentures look a lot like a natural set of teeth, the way you care for them is very different.

Whether you’ve already been wearing dentures for a while or you’re about to get your first pair, here’s some helpful information that you can use to make the most out of your dentures.


You still need to go to the dentist

Did you know that even though you have dentures, you still have to go to the dentist? It’s true! Why? Because your dental exam is about more than just your teeth - it’s about your gums, too, and you still have those. When you get dentures, your dentist needs to make sure your gums are in good health and you don’t have a gum infection that can cause tissue loss or permanent bone loss. You may also be screened for oral cancer and to make sure your dentures are still fitting properly and are in good condition.

Dentures are fragile

Dentures are not as durable as your natural teeth, and even though you can use them to crunch and chew food, they aren’t unbreakable. This means you shouldn’t be using them to cut tape or open bottles, and when you take them out and rinse them, you should be careful not to drop them in your sink. Many people line the sink with a towel before cleaning their dentures just in case they drop them.

Dentures don’t last forever

A common misconception about dentures is that they’re permanent replacements for natural teeth. Unfortunately, dentures aren’t meant to be permanent. In fact, most pairs only last about five to seven years, and that's with excellent upkeep. That’s because over time, the teeth (or "crowns") in your dentures can become loose or break, and the brackets that hold the dentures in place on your gums can become warped and lose their ability to mold properly to your mouth.

Dentures need to stay hydrated

Just like the rest of your body, your dentures need to stay hydrated. When they’re in your mouth they get plenty of moisture due to your saliva, but when you take them out of your mouth, they should stay submersed in water to stay moisturized. If they dry out, they can become warped and misshapen and may not fit your mouth properly when rehydrated.

If you have any questions or concerns about your dentures, please give Dr. Simpson a call at (910) 550-3959.

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