How Long Can Dentures be Left Out of the Mouth?

By: Dr. Fadi Zaknoun


Dentures have come a long way in recent years. With new advancements in dental materials and technology, these removable or implant-supported appliances are an efficient way to restore the appearance and function of missing teeth. Dr. Fadi Zaknoun and the team at Cape Cod Dental in Wareham, MA, specialize in both full and partial dentures. But how long can dentures be left out of the mouth? Below, we explore this question in detail and provide helpful tips for proper denture care.

How are dentures made?

Before diving into the main topic, let's briefly cover the process of making dentures. We begin by taking digital or physical impressions of your top and bottom arches. These impressions are then forwarded to a special dental lab. They fashion the dentures with high-grade materials to mimic the natural look and feel of teeth.

Dr. Zaknoun uses titanium to reinforce dentures because they provide extra durability and support. We then fit the full or partial dentures into your mouth and make any adjustments as needed.

When should you take dentures out?

The answer depends on a few factors, including the type you receive and the specific care instructions provided by Dr. Zaknoun. However, here are some general guidelines to follow when it comes to removing your dentures in Wareham, MA:

  • Overnight: Dentures can be removed every night and soaked in a denture-cleansing solution for 6 – 8 hours. This keeps the dentures in good condition.
  • During cleaning: You can remove your dentures when cleaning them. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and rinse them in lukewarm water. Avoid boiling water, as this can warp the material.
  • For repairs: If your full or partial dentures are damaged or need repairs, you should take them out and have them assessed by Dr. Zaknoun. He will inspect them to identify any areas that require adjustments.
  • When experiencing discomfort: If you have any discomfort or irritation while wearing your dentures, take them out and contact our team right away. We can examine your dentures and address any issues you might be experiencing.

Tips for proper denture care

In addition to following the guidelines discussed above, here are some helpful tips for proper denture care:

  • Handle with care: Though dentures are made with durable materials, they're still prone to breakage if not handled correctly.
  • Store safely: Keep your dentures in a clean container when not in use. The case should also be cleaned after every use.
  • Book regular appointments: Make sure to visit Dr. Zaknoun every six months for routine dental checkups and adjustments or repairs if needed.
  • Maintain good oral hygiene: Always practice good oral hygiene. Make sure you brush and floss your teeth every day.

Replace missing teeth with dentures

It's generally safe for removable dentures to be left out of the mouth for 6 – 8 hours per day, preferably during sleep. This not only prolongs the lifespan of your dentures but also ensures optimum oral health.

Remember to consult with a dentist like Dr. Fadi Zaknoun at Cape Cod Dental to ensure you're following the best practices for denture care and oral health. If you have missing teeth, call now or book an appointment in Wareham, MA, to start your journey towards a brighter, healthier smile.

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