When You take your dentures out-whether it is for a short period of time, such as for a short afternoon nap, or for a longer period of time such as when you are going to bed for the evening-there are a few things that happen with your gum tissue.
Short Term Effects
In the short-term, taking your dentures out is quite good for your gums. It gives them the opportunity to rest, and allows you to flush your mouth with water, rinsing away any pockets of bacteria or detritus that had been collecting while the dentures were inserted.
In fact, we always tell our patients to make sure that they do take their dentures out for short periods of time, such as overnight. It is important to be sure that you're able to rinse out your mouth and rest your gum tissue on a regular basis.
Taking Out Your Dentures for Long Periods of TimeHowever, we do not recommend that you go for long periods of time without wearing your dentures. Doing so can actually lead to long-term effects such as the gradual erosion of bone tissue underneath the gum.
Keep in mind that when you have teeth or dental implants, the constant stimulation on the gum tissue and bone are part of what keeps the jawbone built up. However, when you lose your teeth, one of the effects is that the jawbone will begin to erode.
This can eventually lead to problems speaking and chewing, and can even cause your face to have a sunken appearance as the facial bones begin to deteriorate.
Because of this, you should never get in the habit of taking your dentures out for days at a time. Even if you are not using them as much as you think you might, they serve an important role.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (925) 266-3550 today.