General Dental Information
and Education Page
Dentures and partials are examples of prosthetic
dentistry (Prosthodontic). They are used to replace a large number
of consecutively missing teeth (i.e. and entire quadrant or arch).
Generally partial and full dentures are not fixed appliances and
can be remove for cleaning. It is possible for posts to be implanted
to permanently hold a denture in place. See the following graphic
for examples of partial and full dentures.
A properly fitting denture should not require any
adhesive to hold it in place. If a denture fits loose it usually
needs to be relined. It is a good practice to see your dentist at least
once annually for a checkup and cleaning of your full denture. Some
suggestions for proper denture care are:
*ALWAYS rinse your dentures inside and outside after each meal.
*ALWAYS clean inside and out with a soft denture brush and a mild
soap before putting them in your mouth in the morning and after
taking them out at night.
*ALWAYS put your dentures in water with or without denture cleanser
at night. Follow cleanser instructions.
*ALWAYS clean your dentures over a soft surface or basin of water.
This will help avoid breakage if dropped.
*ALWAYS massage your gums morning and night with a soft brush or
*ALWAYS see your dentist for any denture adjustment.
*NEVER use scouring powders or strong detergents. These may damage
*NEVER put dentures in hot water.
*NEVER let dentures dry out.
*NEVER use adhesives unless advised to do so by your dentist.