Partial or full dentures require proper care to keep them clean, free from stains and looking their best.

Step 1. Remove and rinse dentures after eating. Place a towel or fill the sink with water to avoid breakage in case the denture is dropped.

Step 2. Clean your mouth after removing your dentures. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush on natural teeth, tongue, cheeks and roof of your mouth (palate).

Step 3. Remove and gently clean your dentures with a denture brush and non-abrasive tooth paste. (We recommend hand soap or dish soap)

Step 4. Soak dentures overnight in a denture cleanser. (NovaDent- sold here)

Step 5. Rinse your dentures before inserting them in your mouth to remove any denture cleanser.

Step 6. Enjoy your fresh, clean smile.

Denture prices vary widely depending on the materials used. One can expect to pay at least a couple thousand dollars for a set of dentures.

Does dental insurance cover the cost of dentures?

Most dental insurance companies cover some or all of the cost of dentures, making them very affordable. The insurance company should be contacted to determine the exact amount of coverage.

How long do dentures last?

If cared for properly, dentures should last a minimum of 5 years. Over time, the bone shrinks and causes the denture to become loose. The rate that this happens varies with each individual but can be controlled by visiting a dentist regularly to ensure that the denture is fitting properly. An ill-fitting denture causes the bone to shrink more rapidly. To prolong the life of a denture, a dentist will often use a denture liner to refit the internal surface of the denture to the oral tissues.

Minor fractures in the teeth or acrylic base can usually be repaired by a dental lab in 1 to 2 days. Denture repair kits are even sold at most drugstores and online to fix minor cracks or replace loose teeth. Repairing the denture properly can be complicated, however, so if denture problems are noticed, it is best to contact a general dentist as soon as possible to arrange the denture repair.

By: Medical Author: Steven B. Horne, DDS