Is it necessary to remove dentures overnight?

Is it necessary to remove dentures overnight?


Dentures are false teeth’s made from long lasting materials designed to safely and effectively replace lost teeth and replace your natural, sparkling smile. One benefit of dentures is they can be taken out and put back into your mouth. There are mainly two types of dentures: complete (or full) and partial. Complete dentures replace your entire upper or lower jaw, while partial dentures usually replace a single tooth or a few teeth.



Why do dentures become loose?

When you first decided to put on dentures, it must have felt really good. You were able to chew properly, speak well, and your lost smile was regained. But, soon you start noticing that your dentures have started to become loose. This might have gotten you worried about socializing with others, and limited the foods that you can enjoy. So why do dentures become loose?

  • Your gums change shape over the years.
  • Oral tissues are adjusting.
  • Natural resorption of bone.
  • Weight changes don’t just impact waistlines.

Benefits of removing dentures overnight

  • Taking out your dentures during the night gives the gums and other supporting tissues a chance to rest. While the dentures are out, the gums receive exposure to the natural antibacterial properties to saliva.
  • Removing your full dentures overnight will help clean the mouth by stopping the buildup of bacteria. When you remove your dentures at night, soak dentures overnight or use overnight cleaners.


Even when your dentures have been soaked overnight in a cleaning solution, it still needs to be brushed during the day. There is no other alternative for cleaning dentures using a toothbrush with soap.

What will happen if I don’t remove my dentures at night?

Dentures put a lot of pressure on the gums, and on the bone underneath. Pressure on bone can cause something called bone resorption. Bone resorption is the gradual decrease in bone volume and density, which results in less support for cheeks and lips. Although bone resorption is a natural process, wearing dentures 24 hours a day will speed up this process.

Leaving removable dentures in for an extended period of time can be dangerous for oral health. It has been found that those who wear dentures while sleeping are more likely to have tongue and denture plaque, gum Flammarion, etc. Wearing loose dentures continually, especially during night when salivary flow is naturally diminished can even cause a condition called denture stomatitis. The only exception when removal of denture is not recommended is if you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA is a serious disorder and in some patients it has been found that wearing dentures at night has helped prevent OSA. So, if you also have OSA then it is recommended to remove your dentures during the day or waking hours to give your gums and other tissues a chance to rest, and recover.

Persaud’s Dental Laboratory specializes in providing full and partial denture installation and removal services around the Roselle area. For more information about dentures, you can always feel free to CALL US and BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT

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