Dental Health and Dentures

Many individuals wear a full set or partial set of dentures as a way to maintain an attractive smile and improve their oral health. Often times, dentures provide the ideal solution for teeth that are missing, non-functioning or failing. Even though dentures provide a natural appearing dental solution, they are not without their significant issues.

Common Problems with Dentures

Every patient that wears dentures must maintain a healthy, clean mouth every day. In addition, the dentures should be fitted properly to avoid any potential of slipping or sliding in the mouth when chewing or talking. When patients neglect to take care of their dentures properly, a variety of issues can occur. Some of these include:

  • Mouth and gum irritation
  • Challenged speaking and eating
  • Mouth infections
  • Partial or full set of dentures moving around inside the mouth

Treating Denture Issues

Anytime a patient has a significant issue with their dentures, it is imperative to see the dentist immediately. In all likelihood, the dentures will require replacement or readjustment. Various issues involving denture problems include:

Maintaining a Proper Fit – Over time, the bones and gums on the upper and lower jaw will change, usually growing smaller in size. As a result, the dentures no longer fit properly, as they were when they were originally designed. When this happens, the dentist will need to modify, adjust, or replace the set of dentures. It is important for the patient not to make any adjustments, which could cause permanent damage to the denture.

Speak Slowly – Nearly every patient with a new set of dentures has difficulty pronouncing certain words. The best solution is to speak slowly and be patient. Over time, continuous practice of speaking challenging words aloud and slowly can help the patient become more comfortable in performing correct pronunciation. In addition, when laughing and smiling move the dentures around the mouth, gently bite down while swallowing to reset the them back in the place. Anytime the dentures move unexpectedly, it is often advisable to see the dentist for a re-adjustment to ensure a proper fit.

Eat Softer Foods – Many patients with dentures experiencing trouble when eating should avoid anything sticky. In addition, chewing food slowly and in smaller bites will help. Soft foods including yogurt and eggs will minimize many of the problems with eating until a re-adjustment can be performed by the dentist. Additionally, chewing on both sides of the mouse simultaneously often prevents dentures from tipping or moving forward.

Mouth Infections

Serious mouth infections are often a common occurrence for patients that wear dentures. These include:

  • Stomatitis – This serious infection caused by a high level of yeast in the mouth is not always noticeable. However, the denture-induced stomatitis often appears as small red bumps on the roof of the mouth, or as a reddened area under the upper denture.
  • Cheilitis – The cracking and inflammation associated with this painful infection often occurs on the corners of the mouth by over growing yeast often accumulating under the dentures.

Properly maintaining dentures is essential to optimal oral health. Routine visits to the dentist, proper cleaning and the correct fit ensure that the dentures rest snugly on the gums without sliding around or causing pain.