Denture Talk: Will Drinking Alcohol Damage My Dentures?

Alcohol And Dentures
Your dentures will restore your smile and your oral functionality. They also come with some restrictions, including avoiding soaking them overnight in solutions that contain alcohol. It can be tempting to leave your dentures soaking overnight in mouthwash, or to use products containing isopropyl alcohol to clean them. This is not advisable. But what about consuming drinks that contain alcohol? Could drinking alcohol with dentures pose a risk to your dentures?

The Risks Alcohol Poses To Dentures

Most dentures made today are made with a base that contains an acrylic material. These materials are not water-soluble. However, they can prove to be soluble when exposed to alcohol for any length of time. While the dentures won’t dissolve, they will sustain significant damage that can result in structural weakness. The damage may be incredibly difficult to see with the naked eye. In many cases, by the time that the damage is visible, it is too late. The dentures could have small cracks that harbor bacteria and ultimately lead to larger cracks and damage. When it comes to dentures alcohol should be avoided, when and where possible.

Is All Alcohol Created The Same?

It is important to note that there are differences between alcohol that is consumed and isopropyl alcohol. Isopropyl alcohol is quite often found in cleaning products, and some hygiene products. It is known for killing bacteria. The alcohol that you consume is much less damaging to the acrylic of the dentures than isopropyl is. Drinking with dentures may not necessarily destroy your dentures immediately, but it could potentially lead to some staining from the types of alcohol that you are consuming.

How Long Do You Need To Wait To Drink Alchohol, After Getting Dentures?

If you’re planning on drinking alcohol with dentures, you may wonder just how long you need to wait before you can once again enjoy a favorite cocktail. The answer to this will depend on the type of dentures you have, and whether oral surgery was a part of the process of getting dentures. Make sure to speak with your dentist after receiving your dentures or have any procedures done. Patients who have had teeth extracted prior to getting their dentures should wait a minimum of 48 hours after the surgical procedure. You will be provided with instructions that pertain to your unique dental wellness concerns. If you have just been fitted with traditional dentures, and you are not in recovery from a surgical procedure, you should not have any restrictions as to when you can enjoy an alcoholic beverage.

Consuming Alcohol With Implant-Supported Dentures, Versus Traditional Dentures

There are some key differences between implant-supported dentures and traditional dentures, including the way that you will need to eat and drink after the dentures are placed. Implant-supported dentures require the implants to be surgically placed into the gums. While the incisions are healing, you should steer clear from alcohol. Alcohol is a blood-thinning substance, which can make it harder for the incisions to heal. Delays in healing can result in implant failure. In addition, there is a risk for discomfort if you drink alcohol with unhealed incisions in your mouth. Skip drinking any alcoholic beverage for a minimum of three days after getting the implants surgically placed. This will help to minimize the risks of implant failure. Another concern is that alcohol can potentially interfere with any medications that are prescribed to you after the implant procedure. Whether antibiotics or pain relievers, it is best not to combine alcohol with them. Traditional dentures do not require a surgical procedure prior to their placement. The only exception is if there are tooth extractions needed prior to getting the dentures. Any oral surgery should mean abstaining from alcohol until the mouth has had an opportunity to heal. If you have questions about dentures Billings MT patients should reach out to schedule a consultation.

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