Denture adhesion and cleaning
Removable dentures are meant to replace absent teeth and to support bone structures that degenerate over time once natural teeth are lost or damaged. This implies that through the use of oral appliances that can and should be removable (making them easier to clean), people can chew better, look better and talk more normally, greatly improving their quality of life.
Every person has different needs and different oral characteristics, meaning that every denture is unique. Being that these appliances are worn for long periods of time, patients must be taught how to clean and take care of them daily, to avoid major consequences.
Denture placement is a decision that is made exclusively by the specialist and the patient. If the decision is for the patient to wear a complete denture, it should adapt perfectly to the tissues for perfect occlusion; otherwise, chewing could make the denture move and detach from the gums, which is a primary problem that arises with this type of prostheses.
Adaptation and getting used to
Removable dentures are not mere mechanical instruments, but rather, they transmit force to the teeth, gums and bone, which is why they require a special adaptation period, which may be longer or shorter depending on the person and the denture. In the end, the patient is likely to forget s/he is wearing dentures at all, but patience is needed, and during this adaptation period, frequent visits to the dentist are required in order for the proper adjustments or corrections to be made.
Cleaning and taking care of your denture
- Brush your denture after every meal. When using Fittydent you do not need to remove dentures from your mouth to brush them.
- Dentures must be taken out to be cleaned, at least once per day to avoid calculus build-up and to prevent stains from forming. Then, thoroughly rinse with water. It is very important to clean the metal parts, particularly those that are in direct contact with the denture. In order to do so, soak dentures in the cleansing solution to obtain a deeper cleaning effect (internal or concave side of the clasps).
- It is advisable to take out dentures while sleeping, so that tissues can take a break for some hours every day from the pressure that they might receive.
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