How Do I Care for My Overdentures?

Apr 22, 2024 | Overdentures

How Do I Care for My Overdentures

If you’ve struggled with conventional dentures and found new confidence with implant overdentures, you know how life-changing they can be. However, maximizing that positive impact requires dedicated care and attention.

Proper maintenance routines not only enhance the look and feel of your overdentures but also safeguard your oral health and ensure these dental restorations provide years of dependable service. Caring for your overdentures involves daily cleaning, careful handling, and regular professional check-ups.

 

Key Takeaways

  • Clean your overdentures daily with a denture cleaner and soak them overnight as instructed by your dentist.
  • Handle your overdentures carefully and always store them in a moist environment.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for checkups, and professional cleanings, and to address any fit or repair issues.
  • Never attempt DIY repairs on your overdentures – always seek professional help.
  • Follow your dentist’s personalized instructions for the best care of your overdentures.

 

Daily Cleaning and Maintenance Routine

The foundation of excellent overdenture care lies in your daily cleaning routine. By diligently adhering to the following steps, you’ll keep your overdentures looking their best while ensuring optimal oral health.

 

1. Cleaning Overdentures Daily

The most important step in your overdenture care routine is daily cleaning. Here’s how to ensure they stay fresh and plaque-free:

  • Remove your overdentures. Carefully remove your overdentures according to your dentist’s instructions.
  • Brush thoroughly. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, specifically designed for dentures, and a non-abrasive denture cleaner. Gently brush all surfaces of your overdentures, paying close attention to remove any food debris and plaque. Avoid regular toothpaste, which can be too harsh.
  • Rinse. Rinse your overdentures thoroughly with cool water to remove any remaining cleaner residue.

 

2. Rinsing and Soaking Overnight

Rinsing throughout the day and a dedicated overnight soak are key to keeping your overdentures comfortable and hygienic. Follow these simple steps:

  • Rinse after meals. Whenever possible, rinse your overdentures with water after meals to dislodge food particles and prevent bacteria buildup.
  • Soak overnight. Place your overdentures in a denture cleaning solution overnight or in plain water if they have delicate materials or attachments. Follow your dentist’s specific instructions about the best soaking options for you.
  • Rinse before reinserting. The following morning, rinse your overdentures thoroughly under warm water to remove any residual cleaning solution.

 

3. Handling and Storage

Careful handling and proper storage will protect your overdentures from damage and keep them in good condition. Remember these tips:

  • Handle with care. Overdentures can be fragile. Handle them with care over a sink filled with water or a soft towel to prevent breaking them if dropped.
  • Store properly. When not in use, store your overdentures in water or a denture-soaking solution to keep them moist and prevent warping.

 

4. Avoiding Common Cleaning Mistakes

These simple precautions will keep your overdentures looking their best and prevent unnecessary wear and tear:

  • Never use hot water. Hot water can distort the shape of your overdentures.
  • Avoid harsh cleaners. Do not use abrasive toothpaste or cleansers, including those containing bleach, as they can damage the denture material.
  • Consult your dentist. If you notice discoloration or buildup that regular cleaning doesn’t remove, consult your dentist for professional cleaning and advice.

 

Why Proper Care for Overdentures is Essential

It might seem like a bit of extra work, but the careful maintenance of your overdentures is absolutely crucial. Neglecting your daily cleaning routine has consequences beyond immediate discomfort. A buildup of bacteria and plaque can lead to infections like gum disease or thrush, jeopardizing the health of your remaining teeth and the implants that anchor your overdentures. Additionally, inadequate cleaning allows food particles and bacteria to linger, resulting in embarrassing bad breath.

Conversely, diligent care offers numerous benefits. By meticulously cleaning and soaking your overdentures, you ensure their longevity. With proper care, they can last for many years, minimizing the need for costly repairs or replacements. A clean and well-maintained overdenture also guarantees optimal fit and function. This means you can confidently eat a variety of foods, speak without worry, and smile without self-consciousness.

Finally, proper care is essential for preserving the natural-looking appeal of your overdentures, maximizing the positive impact they have on your smile and overall appearance.

 

Regular Check-ups and Professional Cleaning

While your daily cleaning routine is the cornerstone of good overdenture care, regular dental visits are just as vital. Your dentist or prosthodontist plays a crucial role in maintaining the health and functionality of your overdentures. Here’s why regular check-ups matter:

  • Professional deep cleaning: Despite your best cleaning efforts, tartar and stubborn plaque can still accumulate in hard-to-reach places. Your dentist has the specialized tools and techniques to remove this buildup professionally, protecting your gums and implants.
  • Fit and Function Assessment: Over time, subtle changes to your gums and jawbone can affect the fit of your overdenture. During check-ups, your dentist will inspect the overdenture for any signs of wear, necessary adjustments, or the need for relining to ensure optimal comfort and function.
  • Inspecting the Implants: It’s essential to monitor the health of the implants that support your overdenture. Your dentist will check for any signs of inflammation, infection, or implant loosening, addressing problems early to prevent potential complications.
  • Oral Health Screening: Regular check-ups include a thorough examination of your entire mouth—your teeth, gums, tongue, and other structures. This allows your dentist to spot and address potential issues early on, even those unrelated to your overdentures.

Your dentist will recommend the optimal frequency for your check-up visits based on your individual needs.

 

Repairing and Replacing Your Overdentures

Even with diligent care, your overdentures will experience wear and tear over time and occasionally require repair or replacement. It’s essential to be aware of the signs that indicate a need for professional attention.

1. Chips, cracks, or breaks

A damaged overdenture may be uncomfortable, affect your bite, and be more prone to harboring bacteria. Consult your dentist immediately for repair or possible replacement.

2. Loose fit

If your overdenture feels loose or moves excessively while eating or speaking, it might require relining to reestablish a secure fit. In some cases, the attachments may need adjustment or replacement.

3. Excessive wear or discoloration

Over time, the denture material may become worn or discolored. Professional cleaning can sometimes address this, but there will be instances when a replacement is the best option.

4. Implant issues

If you experience pain, or inflammation, or notice anything unusual around your implants, contact your dentist immediately. These may indicate problems with the implants that need prompt attention.

Do not attempt to fix a broken overdenture at home. DIY repairs can further damage the denture and jeopardize your oral health. Always seek professional repair or replacement to ensure the proper fit and function of your overdentures.

 

Tips for Prolonging the Life of Your Overdentures

By incorporating these simple practices into your routine, you can help ensure that your overdentures provide comfort and functionality for years to come:

  • Handle with care: Always handle your overdentures with care, cleaning them over a sink filled with water or a soft towel to cushion them if accidentally dropped.
  • Avoid hard and sticky foods: Opt for a diet that minimizes extremely hard or sticky foods. These foods can put excess stress on your overdentures and increase the risk of damage.
  • Don’t sleep in your overdentures: It’s important to give your gums a rest. Remove your overdentures at night to promote tissue health.
  • Maintain good oral hygiene: Brush your remaining teeth and gums at least twice daily, and floss regularly for optimal oral health. A healthy mouth supports the longevity of your overdentures.
  • See your dentist regularly: Don’t skip those check-ups and professional cleaning appointments! Your dentist plays a vital role in keeping your overdentures in good condition.
  • Use a protective case: When traveling or storing your overdentures, use a protective case to minimize the risk of damage.
  • Follow your dentist’s instructions: Your dentist will provide specific care recommendations tailored to your overdentures, so be sure to follow their advice closely.

 

Your Smile is Worth the Effort

Caring for your overdentures may seem like an extra task initially, but the rewards are more than worth the effort. A consistent cleaning routine, careful handling, and regular checkups ensure your overdentures provide a comfortable fit, long-lasting functionality, and a confident smile for many years to come. Remember, a little daily dedication will go a long way in protecting your investment in a healthy, beautiful smile!

 

Ready for a Confident Smile?

If you’re considering overdentures or need expert care for your existing overdentures, the team at New Leaf Rohnert Park is here to help. We understand the importance of a beautiful, functional smile and offer personalized solutions to restore the full enjoyment of eating, speaking, and laughing with confidence.

Request an appointment today to explore the possibilities! Call us at (707) 586-1549.

Eddie Kuo, DDS

Eddie Kuo, DDS

Owner @ New Leaf Rohnert Park

Professional Degrees

University of California at Davis – BS in Biological Sciences with emphasis in Neurology, Physiology, Behaviors

University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, Doctorate of Dental Surgery

State University of New York at Buffalo – General Practice Residency at Erie County Medical Center

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