What Are Custom Dentures?
A denture is a removable dental replacement for missing teeth and surrounding gum tissue. Made to closely resemble your natural teeth, they are meant to enhance your natural smile as well as improve chewing, speech, and digestion.
Dentures can come in two main forms: complete or partial, and they can be created for both upper or lower teeth. The benefits of dentures include:
Mint Dental's Denture Options
We offer partial and complete dentures at our Edina and Shakopee dental offices.
How To Take Care of Your Denture
To keep your dentures looking pristine, they will need to be cleaned daily, just like if you were cleaning your normal teeth. Denture cleaning is vital to ensuring your denture doesn’t collect unwanted bacteria that can lead to tooth decay or gum disease. A two-step cleaning process is required because neither step is fully effective on its own.
- Mechanical removal of debris.
This can either be done with a toothbrush or ultrasonic cleansing machine. This step is vital to the cleaning process because the bristles will quickly remove film and other build-up from the surface of your dentures. This step will help prepare them for an effective chemical cleansing.
If you use a toothbrush, it’s important to choose a moderately soft-bristled brush because stiff bristles can scratch your dentures, leaving tiny scratches where microorganisms can find a home. The brush should also be able to access all of the curves and recesses of the dentures, therefore, more than one sized brush may be necessary. If you are unsure about the brushing process, your dentist will provide you with step-by-step instructions for how to properly brush your dentures.
- Chemical cleansing.
Immediately after brushing, it’s important to let your dentures soak in a chemical solution for disinfection. When it comes to removing all the bacteria from your dentures on the microscopic level, the chemical cleansing step is incredibly important.
To clean your dentures chemically, you can purchase manufactured cleaners from the store, or you can make homemade cleaners that can also be effective. Store-bought cleaners typically come in tablet or drop form, though no matter which type of cleaner you use, it’s recommended the dentures soak in the cleaner overnight to kill the most bacteria.
Over time, it may be necessary to have your dentures adjusted. If your denture no longer fits properly, breaks or cracks, or if a tooth becomes loose, contact Mint Dental immediately. We will be able to make the necessary adjustments or repairs so you can have that perfect smile back in no time.
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