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How Often Should Denture Wearers Visit the Dentist?

July 10, 2017

partial denture and denture brush on tableIf you have a partial or full denture, maintaining preventive care appointments will become even more important. Over time, your denture can change shapes or be damaged just like your natural smile, so visiting the Remmers Dental team for regular checkups is essential. Our dentists will examine your denture as part of every dental checkup, make adjustments, and help you keep your prosthetic longer. Contact our team today, if you need to schedule a six month dental checkup.

Importance of Regular Dental Checkups

We recommend dental checkups every six months for all of our patients, and we especially encourage denture wearers to visit us at least this often. In order for a partial or full dental prosthetic to restore the form and function of your smile, they need to be properly fitted and well maintained. Dental checkups are an essential part of ensuring the longevity of every denture we craft for our patients. During these checkups, we’ll examine your denture, ensure the fit is still comfortable, make necessary adjustments, and thoroughly clean the denture. Regular maintenance from a skilled dentist will ensure you are able to keep your denture for a longer period of time and that it will always fit comfortably and function properly. During these visits, we also examine your remaining natural oral structures to ensure you’re not suffering from gum disease, oral cancer, TMJ dysfunction, and other common smile health issues.

Caring for Your Denture at Home

In addition to these regular dental checkups, it’s important to care for your denture at-home with thorough cleanings and proper storage. Keep the following tips for better denture care in mind:

  • Brush dentures at least once each day, typically after taking them off for the night
  • Use soft bristled tooth brushes (you can find brushes specially designed for denture care) and non-abrasive toothpastes
  • You should also clean remaining natural teeth, gums, tongue, cheeks, and the roof of your mouth while brushing your denture
  • Always use cold water when cleaning the denture as warm water may cause warping
  • If you’re concerned about dropping your denture during cleaning, place a towel or other soft object down to protect the prosthetic
  • Store your denture in cold water or cleaning solution whenever you’re not wearing it

When to Make an Emergency Denture Appointment

If your denture is damaged, feels uncomfortable, or begins to shift, you may need to call our team to schedule an emergency visit. Left unrepaired, a damaged or ill-fitting partial or full denture may cause additional harm to your smile. We’ll do our utmost to fit you in on the day you call, and in some cases, we’re able to repair the damaged denture in our office. If we need to craft a new denture, we will do our utmost to restore your current prosthetic to working order, until we receive your new partial or full denture.

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