Lose The Loose Dentures To Avoid Oral Health Problems
There are a few reasons why your dentures may not fit properly any more, including the natural atrophy of the gums after tooth loss. Wearing dentures that don't fit right can lead to discomfort but it may also be a root-cause of some serious oral health risks.
Some common problems that can be caused by ill-fitting dentures, as well as some practical solutions for this issue, include:
When your dentures are loose, there are pockets that open up between the gums and your denture plate. This becomes a perfect place for infection to form. Also, if you have a chronically dry mouth, then you are at a higher risk for infection to occur. Cleaning your dentures regularly and thoroughly can help minimize the risk for oral infections from loose dentures.
Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS).
Burning mouth syndrome typically manifests as a burning sensation in the mouth and gums. Loose-fitting dentures are often to blame for this condition, which requires treatment from your oral provider.
Sore, swollen gums.
When you wear dentures, you may find that eating and talking become difficult. Bumping the denture plate against the gums can create sore, swollen spots that cause discomfort and pain.
When your dentures don't fit right and seem to float around on your gums, there is another solution for many found with dental implants. These typically involve titanium metal posts that secure the gum to the denture plate, making them fit permanently and snugly in place. This often makes wearers feel like they have their natural teeth back.
If you want to keep your dentures in place, try avoiding habits that could make them slip or move around. It may take time to adapt to wearing dentures, but with consistency and care, you should adjust to them just fine. If discomfort is preventing you from wearing your dentures consistently, talk with your denturist.
Preventative strategies for denture-wearers include:
Make and keep appointments with your denturist to have dentures adjusted and fitted, as necessary.
Speak slowly to avoid slipping of your dentures.
Avoid sticky foods.
Take small bites when eating.
Use a denture adhesive to keep dentures securely in place.
Don't delay in seeing a denture clinic in your area if your dentures don't fit properly. In addition to difficulty in speaking and eating, ill-fitting dentures can lead to a host of other oral health issues. Talk with your denturist about dental implants if you think your gums have shrunk or changed in shape since being fitted.