Caring For Dentures

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Dentures - DentonicsModern cosmetic dentistry has made enormous strides in improved dental technology, materials, and techniques. Dr. Quartuccio and Dr. Frye can make you an aesthetic set of dentures that is far superior to anything your grandparents knew – more comfortable, more attractive, and more natural-looking.

In order to ensure your dentures last as long as possible, you will need to care for them properly. This page will provide you with several tips on how to care for your dentures, but Dr. Quartuccio and Dr. Frye are always willing to discuss these tips in greater detail during your regularly scheduled checkups.

To learn more about how to care for your dentures or to schedule a checkup at our Pittsburgh dental office, please call 412-487-6910 today.

Cleaning Your Dentures

When cleaning your dentures, be sure to handle them carefully and avoid dropping them. You might want to fill the bathroom sink with water and clean your dentures over that, so if they do drop, they will not be damaged. Another option would be to use a folded towel.

Dentures need to be brushed and rinsed every day. In fact, it is best to rinse them after each time you eat. Brushing it will help keep your dentures from becoming stained. Use a denture-cleaning brush, as it has soft bristles and a good shape. A brush with hard bristles could wear the denture surface down or damage it.

Denture Cleaners

Use hand soap or a mild dishwashing detergent. In order to properly preserve your dentures, keep the following points in mind:

  • Do not use toothpaste to clean your dentures, as it may be too abrasive.
  • Do not use anything containing bleach, as that could fade the pink area of your dentures.

There are cleaners available that use a special cleaning solution and ultrasound. The ultrasonic sound waves create motion in the fluid that removes food and deposits from your dentures. If you choose to use an ultrasonic cleaner, remember that you still need to also brush your dentures once a day.

When you are not wearing your dentures, keep them moist by placing them in a soaking solution. If your dentures don’t have any metal attachments, you may use a denture cleanser soaking solution. If your dentures have metal attachments, just use water so the metal does not tarnish. Never place your dentures in hot water, as that could warp their shape.

In Case of Denture Damage

If your dentures become uncomfortable in any way, please visit our Pittsburgh dental office rather than use a “do-it-yourself” repair kit. Dr. Quartuccio and Dr. Frye will have them properly fixed or adjusted. If you try to adjust your dentures yourself, you could weaken their structure. If your dentures become cracked or chipped, or if any of the teeth become loose, please call us immediately.

At some point, your removable dentures will need to be relined or rebased. This is due to normal wear and tear and to changes in your mouth. Usually, the teeth can be kept and just the base is redone.

Cleaning Your Mouth

Remember that even with full dentures, it is still important to brush your mouth each morning before putting in the dentures. Brush the gums, tongue, and palate using a soft toothbrush. This removes plaque that may have built-up during the night and stimulates blood circulation.

For best maintenance of your dental health, visit Dr. Quartuccio and Dr. Frye every six months so we can check your denture fit and examine your mouth for any oral disease.

Please contact Dentonics today to schedule an appointment to check your dentures. Dr. Quartuccio and Dr. Frye serve patients in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.