Dentures are an oral prosthetic device that are used to replace missing teeth. The false teeth are set into a gum colored base that is custom created from molds of your mouth. The base is designed to sit on and be supported by your gums, and the bone below.
Dentures are removable, and should be done so for proper cleaning. While this can be tedious, it is important, and your dentures should be left out at night.
Give Your Gums a Rest
Dentures are supported by your gums. Even though they are lightweight, they put pressure on the tissues. Dentures can restrict blood flow, preventing essential nutrients and oxygen from reaching them. Without a break, your gums will become irritated and inflamed, which can lead to an improper fit.
And when your dentures don't fit properly, you become subject to denture sores. Leaving your dentures out at night allows the blood to flow freely, bringing the oxygen and nutrients needed to repair the tissues and keep them healthy.
Prevent Gum DiseaseEven without natural teeth, you are still at risk for gum disease if you don't properly care for your mouth. Leaving your dentures out at night is part of that care. Even though you remove your dentures at night to clean them thoroughly, as well as clean your mouth, some bacteria still linger.
While you sleep, you produce less saliva, which turns your mouth into the perfect bacteria breeding ground. Bacteria can multiply under your dentures, and attack your gum tissue, eventually causing gum disease.
Ask About Dental ImplantsDental implants are the latest alternative to dentures. Unlike dentures, implants are a permanent restoration, and are not removable. False teeth are supported by small titanium rods that are implanted in your jawbone. These teeth can be cared for just like your natural teeth, which means less maintenance for you, and you don't have to worry about taking them every night.
Dentures should be removed nightly, not only for hygienic purposes, but for health reasons as well. If you notice any discomfort or changes in the fit of your dentures, contact your dentist right away.
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