One of the more common restorative dental appliances that are used for the replacement of missing teeth is full dentures or partial dentures. Full dentures are usually made as a set for the upper and lower jaw when you have lost all of your natural teeth. Fortunately, dentures today are more comfortable to wear and are designed to look more like your natural teeth than what they were in years gone by. However, some individuals may experience a certain amount of pain and discomfort when wearing their dentures.
If you have worn dentures for some time now or were recently fitted with a new set of them, Denture Repair of Long Island can help you avoid any pain and discomfort that you may be experiencing with them as well as any other conditions that may arise. Here are a few steps that we recommend:
- Ask us about getting denture relines – if you have your permanent dentures in place, you are probably experiencing changes in your gums and jaw bone, even though you may not be aware of this. To correct this, we may suggest relining your dentures to accommodate those changes in gum and jaw bone structure. We will determine whether a hard reline or soft reline is right for you.
- Bring your dentures into either of our Long Island facilities (Franklin Square or Syosset) and let us examine you to see if an adjustment is in order – when you have all of your teeth removed, your gums and jaw bone tend to shrink during the healing process over the first 30 to 60 days. So an adjustment may be recommended so that they are more comfortable to wear and use.
- Have your dentist check you for denture stomatitis – this condition is an infection within the mouth (thrush or yeast) and is typically caused by dentures that fit poorly or wearing them beyond their lifespan. If you have been experiencing soreness in the mouth or have noticed any areas of redness on your gums, this could be an indication that denture stomatitis has developed and should be treated.
- If you’ve been wearing your dentures for some time now, let us examine them to see if they need to be replaced – provided they are cared for properly, the average set of full dentures will last up to 7 years before you need to replace them. If you have noticed that your dentures are clicking or slipping when you are eating or speaking, or that your gums are irritated, they may not be fitting properly and a reline or replacement may be in order.
- Until you can make an appointment with Denture Repair of Long Island, take steps to temporarily relieve your pain and discomfort – we recommend purchasing a topical pain-relieving ointment and applying it to those areas of the gums that are sore. If your dentist agrees, ask them for their product recommendations.
For more information about how to cope with denture pain and discomfort, we urge you to contact either of our two facilities.