Dentures are a
replacement for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into the
patient’s mouth at any time. They can give the patient a fully functional smile
that has a completely natural appearance. Sometimes the patient can damage the
dentures in which case he needs to seek treatment.
If you’re getting
dentures for the first time, it is normal for you to be nervous. When you first
get dentures, there are some common problems that people face. While damage to
dentures is almost inevitable, we can help our patients in the prevention of
possible damage and other issues by going over some great methods for effective
denture use before receiving the dentures. Following is what to expect when you
start wearing dentures, what problems can occur and how to solve them.
Unlike normal teeth
that are secured into your gums, dentures need some muscle power to keep them
in place. Your dentures might slip out of position occasionally. Your tongue,
cheeks, and lips can kick your dentures out of place. This can happen when you
are talking, eating, coughing, laughing or smiling.
How to make your
dentures fit better? If your dentures happen to slip out of place you should
try to gently reposition them by swallowing and biting down, and after some
time you will learn how to hold them in place with your tongue and the muscles
in your cheeks. What can also be helpful is denture adhesive. Denture adhesive
can make your dentures feel more secure and stay in place. When using an
adhesive, you should only use a small amount and follow the instructions
carefully. If the slipping continues and
you’re can get used to your new dentures, you should see the dentist.
Irritation in The Gums or Mouth
Irritation within the
mouth or on the gums can be caused if the dentures do not fit properly. There
is a higher chance of the gums beginning to hurt in case the dentures start to
loosen after several months of use.
The best solution for
irritation is prevention. Patients can prolong the life of their dentures by
taking proper preventive measures. If the gums continue to cause irritation, we
recommend you schedule an appointment to examine the mouth and locate the
new daily routine can take some time getting used to because cleaning dentures
is not the same as cleaning your natural teeth.
At first, you may find that you are damaging your dentures as you clean
them, you are not using the right cleaners, or you are not cleaning your
dentures often enough. Luckily, these problems are fixable.
American Dental Association (A) says that you can use a dishwashing liquid or a
hand soap to clean your dentures safely and recommend brushing your dentures
daily. You should avoid using regular toothpaste because they can scratch your
dentures and are abrasive.
need to remove the dentures from your mouth in order to clean them. In order
not to drop the dentures while you are brushing them, you should be careful
with how you hold them, because this could lead to breaks, chips, and other
damage. To help with this, you can fill the sink with water, or you can use a
towel and put it at the bottom of your sink to ease the fall. Dentures might
lose their shape if they are allowed to dry out, so you should soak them in
denture cleanser overnight.
Finding that your
dentures are not fitting as well as they originally did and have become loose
is a quite common problem. When dentures are loose-fitting, patients are likely
to eat softer foods and eat less. Lower nutritional intake and poor diet can
cause a range of digestive and health problems.
There are a number of reasons why your
dentures can become loose. One of the most common reasons is when the gums
begin to shrink due to the fact, they no longer need to hold your teeth in
place, also known as bone resorption. This process uses calcium from the
jawbone and takes it to other areas of the body that are in need. To help
prevent bone resorption you should chew solid foods that will keep your gums
healthy and strong and use your jaw as much as you can.
Loose dentures can rub
on the gums and cause a callus which asks for a dental treatment to be removed.
Another factor that contributes to loose-fitting dentures is everyday wearing.
In order to preserve your dentures and your gums, you should take your dentures
out at night and practice good denture care.
Eating may be
difficult when you start wearing dentures. You might need some practice in
order to start eating with dentures comfortably. Like we mentioned before, your
dentures could slip out of position when chewing or biting down. Certain types
of food like seeds can cause discomfort if they get stuck under your dentures.
When your dentures are
new, stick to easy-to-eat foods so you can avoid these problems. To make
chewing easier, cut your food into smaller pieces. Try to chew your food with
both sides of the mouth to keep your dentures stable. After some time of
getting used to the dentures, you will eventually eat the same food you ate
before you had the dentures.
What can also be
difficult when you get new dentures is speaking. The dentures might interfere
with your speech and feel like a foreign object in your mouth. At first, you
will need to learn to move your tongue around the dentures to form the words
correctly, but eventually, you will have no problem doing this. What can help
is to practice speaking in private, like talking to yourself or reading aloud
articles or books.
In case you are experiencing any of the above-mentioned denture problems, you can seek professional help with our experienced dentists near you that are always ready to help. Each of our dental offices accepts all major insurances because we are a strong believer in quality dental care for everyone. Head to our locations page and choose the nearest dental clinic to you or dial our phone number 352-306-0062 to schedule an appointment.