If you have missing teeth, dentures are one option you can use to restore your smile. The great thing about dentures is that they can be a more cost-effective restorative treatment than something like dental implants, which can cost $1,000-$3000 each. Depending on the number of teeth being restored and the materials used in their construction, a set of dentures can be had for as low as $300. They also don’t require surgery like dental implants, or grinding away at your tooth surface like crowns and bridges. You can even remove your dentures if you wish! If you have decided to get dentures, the dentists and hygienists at ZDental would like you to know that, with proper care, your dentures can last as long as 10 years. Here are some tips to help you care for your new set of dentures:

Take Care Not to Damage Your Dentures

Dentures can be made from a range of materials, including plastic. If you want your dentures to last a long time, be careful not to damage them, especially the clasps. Take special care when putting them in or taking them out. You may also want to avoid certain foods that could scratch or crack them.

Rinse Your Dentures after Eating

Your dentures will allow you to eat foods you may not have been able to enjoy before. Of course, it’s important to keep them clean. Take them out after eating and give them a good rinse to remove food particles and acids that could eat away at them. This is also a good time to clean your mouth with a soft toothbrush, especially if you’re taking your dentures out before bed.

Brush Your Dentures Once a Day

You should make sure to clean your new dentures at least once every day. Use a soft bristled toothbrush and a non-abrasive cleaner for best results. If you use denture adhesive, clean it out of the grooves so they’re ready for the next time you need to put them in. At night, use a denture soak to keep them moist and clean them. Also, remember that some denture soaks can contain harmful chemicals, so rinse them thoroughly before putting them back in your mouth.

Check in with Your Dentist Regularly

Your dentures need regular checkups just like your natural teeth. During your checkup, your dentist will examine your dentures and give them a good cleaning. They can also be adjusted for a better fit, if necessary. Poorly fitting dentures can rub and cause sores that can become infected. Your checkup is also a great opportunity to inspect your mouth and gums to ensure they’re still healthy. Your dentist may recommend an annual checkup or more frequent checkups depending on your situation, so be sure to follow all their advice.

If you’re a resident of New Jersey or the Philadelphia area, ZDental has five convenient locations to serve you. Check our contact page for the location nearest you and give us a call about dentures or any other dental procedure you may need, including regular cleanings, cosmetic dentistry, emergency dentistry, and more!