Care of the Prosthetic Appliance

Prosthetic-bearing tissues should be allowed to rest daily by having the dentures removed and left out of the mouth. Although this is often most conveniently achieved by removal of the appliance during sleep, some patients resist this approach for a variety of reasons. Patients who wish to allow their dentures to remain in their mouth during sleep should be advised to remove their dentures for a minimum of 4 hours a day at a time that is more convenient.

Dentures should be rinsed or brushed after each meal with a denture brush. Daily soaking in a commercial denture cleaner is recommended. Commercially available battery-operated ultrasonic denture cleaning units also can be used.

After soaking a denture in a commercial cleaning agent, it is important to rinse the prostheses thoroughly to avoid the chance of chemical burns to oral tissues.