Is It Safe To Wear Dentures Overnight?

By Dr Anthony Hua

Dentures have come a long way in recent years, providing a comfortable and natural-looking solution for people with missing teeth. But one question that often arises is whether it is safe to wear dentures overnight. In this article, we’ll aim to provide you with an answer so you can feel more informed about best denture care practices.

Pros And Cons Of Wearing Dentures Overnight

Wearing dentures overnight may seem convenient because you don’t have to worry about taking them out and putting them back in the morning, and for some, wearing dentures 24/7 may provide a sense of security and increased confidence.

However, wearing dentures continuously can make it difficult to maintain proper oral hygiene, potentially leading to other health issues. Leaving dentures in overnight can also cause pressure sores, gum irritation and runs the risk of damaging your dentures, especially if you grind your teeth or have a habit of tossing and turning.

Potential Problems with Wearing Dentures Overnight

Bacterial Build-up

Wearing dentures continuously, including overnight, creates an environment where bacteria can thrive. This can lead to plaque build-up on the dentures and surrounding teeth, bad breath and even gum disease if left unchecked. It’s essential to take dentures out to soak and brush them at least daily to prevent bacterial growth. Use a soft-bristled brush and nonabrasive denture cleanser to remove plaque, food, and other deposits.

Reduced Saliva Production

Saliva helps to clean your mouth and fight bacteria. However, saliva production decreases during sleep, which means that wearing dentures overnight can contribute to a dry mouth and increased bacterial growth.

Pressure Sores and Gum Irritation

Wearing dentures for extended periods puts constant pressure on your gums and soft tissues, which can lead to pressure sores and irritation. Giving your gums a break by removing your dentures at night can help to alleviate this discomfort.

Alternatives To Wearing Dentures While Sleeping

Occlusal Splint

A custom occlusal splint can be fabricated by your dentist to help protect your remaining teeth and gums from damage during sleep, particularly if you grind or clench your teeth.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth and don’t need to be removed at night. They look, feel and function like natural teeth, allowing you to maintain your normal oral hygiene routine without the need for dentures.

Final Thoughts

While wearing dentures overnight isn’t inherently dangerous, it is generally best to give your gums a break and maintain proper oral hygiene by removing them before bedtime. If you are unsure about your specific situation, it’s always a good idea to consult with your dentist.

At Burleigh Dental Studio, we’re here to help you achieve a healthy, confident smile. Our knowledgeably team can guide you through the process of choosing the right dentures and maintaining them properly. Contact us today to book an appointment and discover the best solution for your dental needs.

dr anthony huaArticle by Dr Anthony Hua – Principal Dentist

Dr Anthony Hua is the Founder & Principal Dentist at Burleigh Dental Studio. His passion, expertise and dedication to the field of dentistry have been recognised by his achievement of Fellowship status with the Australian Society of Implant Dentistry (ASID) and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI).


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