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A 38-year-old member asked:

I'm curious what could happen if one's partial dentures are never cleaned nor removed from the mouth?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
Denture care: The consequences to never removing or cleaning dentures: 1. Fungal infections 2. Rampant caries and loss of teeth 3. Gum disease 4. Loss of supporting bone 5. Bad breath think of it as having someone spread food all over your body and then wearing a wetsuit for the rest of your life and never taking it off.
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Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 46 years experience
Disgusting: Should never happen, because infections in the gums and remaining teeth could become severe. I realize that there are some people who may not have the dexterity or health to deal with removing and placing the dentures back in, but then hopefully they will have support.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me what occurs if one's partial dentures are never cleaned nor removed from the mouth?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
Mass Destruction: The bacteria caught under the denture and clasps will destroy the abutment teeth. In a very short time that partial denture will need to be replaced by a full denture, unless extensive restorative work is performed. I've seen it, and it's not pretty...
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Last updated Nov 30, 2014

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