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A complete or partial denture often represents the most effective method for restoring the essential oral function of patients who have lost multiple teeth to severe gum disease, tooth decay or oral trauma. The removable oral appliance uses artificial teeth set into a pink base that mimics the natural appearance of gum tissues.

A partial denture is intended to replicate two or more missing teeth, whereas a complete denture replaces the top or bottom set of teeth. Many patients suffering from terminal dentition will have a dentist provide them with a denture to replace both sets of teeth.

Your denture will be designed to firmly with your existing oral structure. However, many denture wearers also like to apply a little denture adhesive to lock the unit in place and prevent stray food particles from irritating the underlying gums.

You should never sleep with your denture in your mouth. It’s best to remove it each night before going to bed to thoroughly rinse it. The goal is to remove any trapped food particles, plaque and residual denture adhesive.

Once this is done you should lightly brush all the surfaces of your denture with a soft-bristled toothbrush and some nonabrasive toothpaste. You can then store the denture overnight by soaking it in a mixture of water and denture solution.

If you are in the Minden, Nevada, area and you have questions about how to clean and maintain your new dentures you can always call 775-782-2799 to speak to Dr. Celeste M. Eckerman or a member of Celeste M. Eckerman DDS LLC’s staff.