Key Reasons to Soak Partial Dentures

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Partial dentures are one of the most common and affordable solutions for missing teeth. Made from rigid acrylic resin, nylon polymer or porcelain – depending on type – partial dentures can last a long time with proper maintenance. Notably, soaking partial dentures in water is integral for longevity. Unfortunately, many patients don't take the issue seriously, primarily because they do not understand the reason behind the soaking of dentures. This post provides insight into how soaking plays an integral role in partial denture maintenance. 

Prevents Dentures from Warping -- Perhaps the most critical reason for soaking partial dentures in water is to prevent them from warping. At first glance, partial dentures look like plastic devices that cannot absorb water. However, it is not the case since partial dentures can absorb water and are pre-wetted during development, making water part of the base material. Notably, it reduces the chances of denture deformation when wearing them for the first time. Therefore, when you leave dentures in the open, they begin to dry, deform, and lose their fit. Unfortunately, dried-out dentures do not regain their shape even if you put them back in the water, meaning that you need to replace them at an additional cost. Therefore, always soak your dentures in water when sleeping or brushing your natural teeth.

Prevents Breakages -- With advancements in material science, orthodontists make highly durable dentures. Nonetheless, carelessly storing partial dentures increases the risk of breakage. For instance, dentures placed on a kitchen bench or bedroom side table can drop and break. Typically, replacement is the only solution for broken dentures. Fortunately, placing dentures in water reduces the chances of knocking them down significantly. Additionally, the water acts as a cushioning bath, mainly if you use a container with a screw-on top. Therefore, even if you unwittingly knock the container off a table or a countertop, the dentures will remain intact.

Hygienic -- You should brush dentures every day just like your natural teeth. However, it is unlikely that brushing alone will penetrate denture pores and eliminate all bacteria. Over time, bacteria accumulate in denture pores and causes foul oral odour. However, soaking dentures overnight in a commercial solution allows them to penetrate the pores adequately. Consequently, it helps remove all the bacteria you missed while brushing. Soaking also keeps surface bacteria at bay, keeping your mouth healthy and odourless. Remember that although you can make a homemade denture soak, dentists prefer commercial solutions due to their effectiveness.


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