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Mar
13

The Woes Of Ill-Fitting Dentures

Posted in Dentures

Dentures are an excellent alternative when you’ve suffered tooth loss.  They restore your beautiful smile, allowing you to speak and even eat as you did before.  In order to enjoy the benefits of dentures, they need to fit correctly.  When poor fit is left untreated, it can have negative consequences.

4 Symptoms That Shouldn’t Be Ignored

Poor denture fit can be caused by natural, gradual bone and gum loss, poor craftsmanship or a worn out prosthesis. Many people mistake the warning signs of poor-fitting dentures as something normal.  Do any of these symptoms sound familiar to you?

  • Pain and Irritation of the Mouth – When dentures don’t fit as they should, it can cause excessive movement and friction of the dentures against your gums.  Food particles may wedge under the denture when you’re eating and it also promotes an imbalance where the force of your bite is not properly distributed. This irritation and motion can lead to painful swelling and sores.
  • Infections Of The Gum Tissues – When irritation and inflammation are present, due to poor-fitting dentures, yeast and other bacteria flourish.  It may even result in unsightly infections in the corner of your mouth, where cracking and redness occur.
  • The Dentures Slip Out of Place – Not only is it embarrassing, but dentures that fall out frequently likely don’t fit as they should.  This can occur when you’re eating, biting or speaking to someone.
  • Headaches and Ear Pain – A poor denture fit can also cause a poor bite.  As a result, you may experience pain associated with your jaw muscles.  Headache, neck pain and ear pain that can’t be ignored, likely shouldn’t be.

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms of ill-fitting dentures, call your dentist today for a consultation or adjustment.  You and your smile are worth it!

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

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