If you have decided to replace your missing teeth with dentures, you have probably already realized that they are an investment. When you get dentures in West Chester, you’ll want to do what you can to ensure they last as long as possible. One way to do that is to practice proper daily care.
How Long Do Dentures Last?
Dentures can last a good number of years, but it’s important to keep in mind that there will be some maintenance along the way. From normal wear, your denture will need to be rebased at some point, which means creating a new base for the denture while keeping the teeth portion.
In addition, dentures need to be refitted from time to time. Over the years, your gums will naturally change, causing your dentures to loosen. This can be irritating to your gums and will cause problems with eating and speaking normally.
Most dentists recommend you come in at least once a year for a checkup.
How Should I Care for My Dentures?
Here are tips on caring for your dentures to help them last for years to come:
- When you are handling your dentures, be careful because they are delicate and subject to breaking if they are dropped. When taking them out or cleaning them, do so over a sink full of water or over a folded towel.
- Keep dentures moist; they should never be allowed to dry out. Always put them in water or a denture solution when you are not wearing them.
- Never use hot water to clean dentures; it can cause them to warp.
- Brush dentures daily to remove food particles and keep plaque from building up.
- Call your dentist immediately if your dentures break, chip, or crack; don’t try to fix them yourself. You could damage them beyond repair.
Call Us for More Information About Dentures
If you have questions about wearing or caring for your dentures, call your West Chester dentist Dr. Joel R. Koch.