Knoxville and Maryville, TN
Dentures are meant to replace missing permanent teeth, but after receiving dentures, you likely can expect some hassles. The initial process of receiving dentures can be an ordeal, and any denture system is going to have to be repaired or even replaced at some point. If you are a denture wearer, you can take certain steps to prolong the effectiveness of your replacement teeth. Follow our tips to avoid these five ways you may be damaging your dentures.
- Carelessly handling your dentures
Modern dentures have come a long way from the notoriously brittle and unnatural-looking replacement teeth from years past. However, dentures still are quite vulnerable to breakage. Even a short drop into the sink while cleaning them can cause dentures to break or shatter. When you are cleaning your dentures, place a towel in the sink basin to protect against any potential drops, or just fill the sink with water. Only remove your dentures for cleaning or when storing them in a protective case when not in use, and refrain from putting them on a counter or table, where they could end up falling into the floor.
- Trying to bleach your dentures
Having your teeth whitened is the most popular treatment in cosmetic dentistry today, but whitening your dentures has some negative consequences. These bleaching agents also can remove color from the gums of the dentures, making them look unnatural, and also can irritate your actual gums. Bleaching also can corrode, damage, and eventually destroy any partial dentures that might have been made with metal.
- Wearing uncomfortable, ill-fitting economy dentures
When your dentures fit properly in the mouth, you find the right balance of forces when biting and chewing, which protects your dentures in the long run. An imbalance can place inordinate additional force on certain areas of the dentures, causing damage or even breakages. Just wearing them and engaging in normal chewing can damage ill-fitting dentures.
- Not cleaning your dentures properly, or not at all
It is crucial to remove your dentures and clean them on a regular basis. Failing to do so could lead to the development of a fungal infection called thrush, which could lead to gum irritation that prevents you from wearing dentures at all until the infection goes away. Irregularly or poorly cleaned dentures also might develop stains and odors, including foul-smelling breath. Be sure to soak your dentures overnight in an approved denture solution, which kills up to 99.9% of germs.
- Not storing your dentures properly
Your dentures are made to spend the vast majority of time inside your mouth. When you remove your dentures, if you do not put them in a glass of cleaning solution or submerge them in water, they can dry out and warp. This warping can lead to a poor fit, while also raising the likelihood of them breaking.
Fountain of Youth Dentures in Maryville
Whether you are looking to replace lost teeth or you are already a denture wearer, Fountain of Youth Dentures represents the finest denture treatment currently available. Also known as FOY Dentures, these dentures are made of high-quality materials, including a base of PMMA, a high-density, and fracture-resistant material. This base is resistant to stains and odors, and also has a higher likelihood of surviving drops and accidents. At Crestview Dental Care, we install FOY Dentures by paying attention to neuromuscular dimensions, meaning that the dentures are placed looking to maintain or even improve the alignment of your bite. The end result is dentures that look and feel great, with chewing forces perfectly balanced to help minimize wear and the risk of damage.
To learn more about FOY Dentures, schedule a consultation with Crestview Dental Care by calling (865) 982-1700. We serve patients in the areas of Knoxville and Maryville, Tennessee.