FAQs about Dentures

How should I clean my dentures?

Daily care and cleaning of a new denture is very important to help maintain good dental health. For everyday cleaning, use a soft brush and a cleaning agent, such as soap and water, or products sold especially to clean dentures. Be sure to brush both the inside and outside of your denture. This will help eliminate harmful bacteria. We also suggest soaking your denture in water or a denture-cleaning agent when you take them out at night.

We strongly recommend that you hold your dentures over a sink filled with water when you clean them. This will help prevent breakage if you accidentally drop your denture. You may also want to cushion the sink and counter with a soft cloth or towel.

What if my denture is causing soreness on my gums?

It is not unusual for a new denture to create sore spots on your gums. Simply call the practice that provided the services, and they will let you know what time of day to return to have your denture adjusted. Adjustments help eliminate sore spots, and there is typically no charge during the first 60 days. Following 60 days, a small fee is charged for adjustments.

Can I make Minor adjustments myself at home?

NEVER. Do not attempt to make any adjustments on your own. Your Dentures have been carefully fabricated to precisely fit onto your gums. Wrong adjustments may cause them to loosen, or cause more impingements.

When should I replace my denture?

Dentures will typically need to be replaced every five to 10 years. Patients find that the fit of their dentures changes over the years as their jaw bone shrinks. Since it is normal for your mouth to change and denture teeth to wear down, have them checked during a yearly dental visit. 

How often should I visit the dentist now that I have dentures?

Even if you have lost all or some of your natural teeth, you should still visit your dentist once a year. The dentist will be able to evaluate the fit of your denture, offer suggestions for denture care and hygiene, and check for issues that may arise.