What is a Partial Denture?A partial denture is custom made from a mold of your mouth to replace a section of missing teeth. False teeth are attached to a gum colored base and is supported by your gums. They also have metal wires that attach the denture to clasps on your natural teeth.
Caring for Partial DenturesPartial dentures should be cared for just like your natural teeth. They should be brushed (with a soft bristled brush) regularly. They also require a soaking denture solution to help kill bacteria. They need to be handled with care, as they are quite fragile.
When you eat, food particles can get stuck between the base of your denture and your natural gums. These particles become food for bacteria, and if you don't get rid of them, the bacteria can multiply and lead to bad breath or even gum disease. For this reason, taking your partial out after each meal to clean, even just rinse, it is important.
Removing your dentures to clean them before bed is the very least you should be doing to clean them. During this cleaning, not only do you brush your dentures, as well as your gums and remaining teeth, but you should also soak them as well. Soaking dentures in a solution kills bacteria and prevents them from drying out. Your night cleaning is essentially your "deep cleaning" time.
Ideally, your dentures should be removed for cleaning after each time that you eat, and they should be removed at night. This will help to keep your gums and teeth healthy and keep your dentures in tiptop shape. Contact our office if you have any questions about cleaning your dentures.