Dentures

Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. While dentures take some getting used to, and will never feel exactly the same as one's natural teeth, today's dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.

 

Types

  • Removable partial dentures
  • Removable complete dentures
  • Implant retained dentures

Your dentist will help you choose the type of denture that's best for you based on whether some or all of your teeth are going to be replaced and the cost involved.

 

Common problems with Dentures

Following is a list of possible causes for problems most often encountered by people who wear dentures. If you are suffering from any of these problems, or especially from a problem not listed here, call us.

 

General Denture Problems General Causes & Probable solutions
Denture is not fitting right Due to changes in jaw bone and surrounding gum tissue, the gums and bone do not support the denture in speaking or chewing - Consult the dentist.
Unwanted sounds and speaking problems Denture is not in proper position or denture moves causing cheek and tongue to struggle to form words - Consult the dentist.
Difficulty in chewing Some foods may never be 'easy to chew' with dentures, but lack of adequate chewing could be related to the alignment of your upper and lower dentures, this effects the "balance" of the denture on the tissues and muscles of the mouth. In combination with changes in tissue or poor alignment creates improper denture function - Consult the dentist.
Lack of suction Bone and mouth tissue changes – contact of denture is lost, dry mouth caused most often by certain medications; without proper saliva, denture fit is not ideal due to the "seal" that moisture provides between denture base and tissue.
Sore spots in the mouth Pressure and / or rubbing is occurring in one specific area, usually a result of chewing but may also be due to clenching of teeth or grinding the teeth - Consult the dentist.
Soreness in mouth Due to bone loss for the denture can cause the mouth to "over-close". This can change the way the lips seal together and cause saliva to pool at the corners of the mouth. The excess moisture in this area may cause the skin to become irritated and may increase the risk of a infection. The soreness may also be the result of a vitamin deficiency - Consult the dentist..

 

How Long do Dentures Last?

Over a period of time, your denture will need to be relined, remade, or rebased due to normal wear. Rebasing means making a new base while keeping the existing denture teeth. Also, as you age, your mouth naturally changes. These changes cause your dentures to loosen, making chewing difficult and irritating your gums. At a minimum, you should see your dentist annually for a checkup.

 

Here are tips for caring for your dentures:

  • When handling your dentures, stand over a folded towel or basin of water. Dentures are delicate and may break if dropped.
  • Don't let your dentures dry out. Place them in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in plain water when you're not wearing them. Never use hot water, which can cause them to warp.
  • Brushing your dentures daily will remove food deposits and plaque, and help prevent them from becoming stained. An ultrasonic cleaner may be used to care for your dentures, but it does not replace a thorough daily brushing.
  • Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures. This stimulates circulation in your tissues and helps remove plaque.
  • See your dentist if your dentures break, chip, crack or become loose. Don't be tempted to adjust them yourself-this can damage them beyond repair.
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