You may wonder if caring for a partial denture differs from wearing full dentures. The following information will give you more details and will note any contrasts in care.
How Do I Take Care of My Partial Denture?
Basically, the cleaning routine is the same for a partial or full denture. The only difference is that you also have to take care of your natural teeth. Because a regular toothpaste is too abrasive for the acrylic surface of a partial, you need to soak the denture and brush it with a less abrasive dentifrice. Otherwise, you need to follow the same basic cleaning routine for either a partial or full denture. Place your partial on a soft towel to protect it. Rinse the prosthesis after each meal to remove food debris. Don't use excessively hot water, as it can warp the denture. Brush the partial with a soft denture brush or soft-bristled toothbrush. You may want to use a water flosser to clean out any debris beneath the gum line.
How to Soak the Denture
While the partial soaks, add cleaning tablets to get rid of odors. Using a cleansing tablet will get rid of plaque build-up or stains. Always follow the directions for the cleansing tablets, as they can differ depending on the brand. Rinse your partial under tepid water before you place it back in your mouth. You may also want to rinse with an antibacterial mouth rinse. Soaking your partial will give your gums a rest and keep the acrylic from drying out. If the dentures are not soaked when they are removed, it can affect their fit. Therefore, place your partial in a cleansing solution while you sleep to keep the denture maintained and prevent any irritation of the gum tissue.
Do you have specific questions about your denture or prosthodontic care? If so, check with our team of prosthodontic professionals. Give us a call today with any questions about partial dentures and how to maintain them, we're more than happy to help.
Goichi Shiotsu, DDS
Mercer Island, Washington
Location 2825 80th Ave SE, Suite 3 Mercer Island, WA 98040-2985 Hours: Tuesday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm (206) 232-3600