Nesbit partial dentures have become one of the more popular denture options for patients needing to replace one or two teeth. Because they are more comfortable than alternative options that use metal clasps and are able to more naturally blend in with the wearer’s gums with their translucent membrane, it’s no surprise that Nesbit partials are one of the top cost-effective long-term replacements chosen by patients. To get the most out of a Nesbit flexible partial, though, patients need to properly care for their dental replacement.
New wearers may not be as familiar with proper cleaning and maintenance techniques as experienced wearers. In many ways, caring for Nesbit partial dentures can be similar to caring for natural teeth, but that are a number of pertinent differences and directions that patients should keep in mind — not only so that their Nesbit dentures stay in the best possible condition, but so that they’re not inadvertently damaged.
Proper Cleaning of Nesbit Partial Dentures
Nesbit flexible partial dentures will need to be cleaned immediately once they are no longer being worn. It’s a good idea to set out a towel or insert a sink stopper when cleaning a Nesbit partial denture, as they tend to be much smaller than other dental devices and run the risk of being more easily lost while being handled.
Rinse the Nesbit partially in warm water, but not too hot. Then, clean the Nesbit partial denture using one of several types of cleaners:
- Denture cleaners – these are cleaners specifically designed to clean dentures and are readily available over the counter. A dentist can recommend a specific cleaner, but any cleaner with the American Dental Seal of Acceptance should suffice.
- Mild hand soap or dishwashing liquid – the term “mild” is key here: do not use a soap with added beads, salts, or other abrasive additives, and try to avoid additional add-ins as much as possible (lotions, etc.). Dishwashing liquid is also acceptable, but other household cleaners will be too harsh and can break down the Nesbit denture.
Important Things to Avoid While Cleaning
One cleaner, in particular, to avoid, surprisingly enough, is toothpaste. Toothpaste generally has more abrasive cleaning substances included to help remove plaque and build-up on the hard enamel of natural teeth. When applied to a Nesbit partial denture, though, these abrasives can damage the denture, scratching or marring the surface of the appliance.
The cleaners should be applied using a brush to help remove debris and get a deeper clean. Like cleaners, there are specific brushes designed for cleaning dentures, with bristles shaped to specifically fit the contours of dentures. However, soft-bristled toothbrushes are also acceptable for cleaning Nesbit partial flexible dentures.
Avoid any brushes with bristles that are too hard. Much like cleaners with abrasive materials, harder bristles are more likely to cause scratches to the denture’s surface, or potential damage to the flexible membrane.
Additional Maintenance Tips
A key aspect of proper denture health is moisture. If the denture is allowed to dry out too much, it can eventually lose its shape or may become damaged or cracked from the dryness. Moistening the brush before cleaning the denture will both make the cleaning process easier and help keep the denture moist while it’s being scrubbed. If a Nesbit partial is being stored immediately after being worn, be sure to fully dry it off before storing it in the plastic container received with the Nesbit partial denture. This helps avoid mildew growth, which can cause serious health risks.
It’s equally important to keep the Nesbit partial denture submerged in liquid overnight while sleeping. Water is an acceptable choice, so long as it is not flavored or carbonated. There are also denture-specific solutions or cleaning tablets available over the counter, as well, which will help clean and properly moisten the denture throughout the night. Before using one, make sure to consult with a dentist. Additionally, always thoroughly rinse the denture with warm water before re-inserting it, no matter how long it has been removed. Rinsing with mouthwash once the denture has been reinserted can help provide an extra fresh feeling, as well.
Dental Lab Direct: Your Partner for Nesbit Partial Dentures
Overall, properly caring for Nesbit partial dentures is easy, low-effort, and manageable. With some planning, and light scheduling in the beginning, wearers and patients will get into the habit of properly cleaning and maintaining their Nesbit partials with ease, until it eventually becomes second nature. If you’re looking for a low-maintenance, cost-effective dental replacement for one or two teeth, order a Nesbit partial flexible denture through Dental Lab Direct. Flexible, comfortable, and non-allergenic, the life-like appearance of the Nesbit partial will inspire confidence with each smile.