One question we often hear is whether or not patients can sleep while wearing their dentures. The answer is that most dentists recommend removing the appliance during sleep. However, some patients do keep the product in place while they’re resting. In this post, we’ll look at the features and considerations that come with wearing dentures.
How Traditional Dentures Differ from Your Natural Teeth
Dentures enable millions of people to regain much of the functionality that tooth loss takes away. But traditional dentures are an imperfect solution to this problem. For example, they are held in place by pressure against the gums. This sometimes forces the patient to use great care when preparing and eating meals, engaging in social activities, and enjoying the great outdoors. Denture adhesives can sometimes help to manage this problem.
Traditional dentures are made from a durable acrylic material that requires different care from healthy natural teeth. For example, you should never use regular toothpaste to clean your denture. You may be able to remove stains by washing your dentures in a mixture of warm water and dishwashing liquid while using a special denture brush. You may need to make a trip to your dentist to remove certain discolorations, like stains caused by drinking red wine or other strongly colored beverages.
Can Dentures Break?
Like any man-made product, dentures can break if dropped or misused. Follow your dentist’s recommendations at all times and the when handling the product.
If the denture becomes broken or damaged, then don’t attempt to fix it yourself. You should take it to the prosthodontist who fitted your dentures for replacement or repair. It’s especially important to never use products like “superglue” on your dentures, as they contain dangerous toxic ingredients.
What about Implant Dentures?
Implant dentures avoid many of the problems mentioned above. For example, an implant-supported denture relies for its strength and stability on permanently placed implants. These fixtures are made from medical-grade titanium, a metal which is both incredibly strong and remarkably lightweight.
Thanks to this feature, implant-supported dentures can never come loose accidentally. Yet the wearer can remove the restoration as needed for cleaning or other important tasks. Implant patients are able to enjoy a well-rounded diet, participate in fun activities, and get plenty of healthy exercise.
Caring for implant dentures is easy. Your dentist will probably recommend a non-abrasive brand of toothpaste and a soft bristle toothbrush.
Implant dentures also help to guard against jawline erosion. This is the problem that creates the “sunken” look you may have seen among people suffering from extensive tooth loss.
Implant dentures are not the best solution for everyone. Patients with bone loss issues may require a bone graft before considering an implant restoration. Your local implant dentist or prosthodontist can give you more information. Make an appointment to see him or her soon. Before long you’ll be able to celebrate your restored smile.
About the Author
Dr. Terry Rigdon has helped thousands of patients to enjoy freedom from the problem of tooth loss. His practice offers a variety of advanced dental services, including implants and traditional dentures. You can reach his office online or by calling (918) 494-8666.