Can You Sleep With Dentures?

February 15, 2024
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Dentures are probably one of the most convenient and easy-to-use dental appliances when it comes to restoring lost and missing teeth. Plus, most dentures are removable, which makes it easier to clean the appliance as well as maintain good oral hygiene. But despite all the benefits, we often get asked whether or not you can sleep with dentures, and the quick answer to that is yes. However, most dental professionals advise against sleeping with dentures because your gums need to rest and breathe as well.

Are All Dentures Removable?

Yes, almost all dentures are removable, besides fixed dentures, which are typically considered to be dental implants. However, dentures are prosthetic devices that can be taken out of your mouth for cleaning and maintenance.

There are two main types of dentures that come under this category: complete dentures, which replace all of the teeth in either the upper or lower arch of your jaw and partial dentures, which replace only a few missing teeth. Usually, partial dentures are attached to the surface of your natural teeth with metal clasps for precision, allowing the prosthetic to sit well.

Can You Sleep With Dentures?

While it is technically possible to sleep with dentures, it is generally not recommended by dentists to do so. This is because sleeping with dentures can be extremely uncomfortable, given the pressure they put on your gums and soft tissues. If you are not careful, it can give way to cuts, sore spots, and irritation.

Additionally, leaving dentures in your mouth overnight can create a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi, which tends to increase the risk of oral infections. It is not just your oral health that can get damaged, but if you sleep with dentures, they might also get damaged, especially if you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth during sleep (bruxism).

How to Take Care of Your Dentures

In order to keep your dentures clean and in good condition, it is necessary to take good care of them. Mentioned below are a handful of tips you can work on to make sure your dentures last for a long time.

  • Take your dentures out before bedtime and rinse them thoroughly to remove leftover food particles.
  • Brush your dentures with a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture cleaner to remove plaque and stains.
  • Avoid using abrasive toothpaste, as it can scratch the denture surface.
  • Place your dentures in a denture cleanser solution or plain water overnight to prevent them from drying out.
  • After removing your dentures, gently brush your gums, tongue, and palate with a soft toothbrush.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and adjustments to ensure that the dentures fit you properly and are in good condition.

Bottom Line

All in all, even if you can sleep with dentures, it is best to remove them at night to avoid discomfort, oral health issues, and damage to the dentures themselves. Nevertheless, if you have any concerns or questions about sleeping with dentures, don’t hesitate to consult Dr. Devisree Nekkanti for advice and guidance. You can get in touch with us at AK Dental by giving us a call at (512) 653-3008.

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