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Dentures Making You Gag?

Posted in Dentures

The good thing about the way our mouths are set up is that we don’t gag on normal structures like our teeth or tongues. Gagging is an issue common to many people and denture wearers in particular. If this is a frequent problem for you, then you need a solution that will help you deal with it. Going without dentures is not an option!

Gagging On Dentures – Why It Happens

Gagging happens when an unnatural object touches a sensitive area in your mouth. Gag points tend be located farther back on your palate and throat. A denture that rests on the front palate could trigger gagging if it extends too far back to the soft palate.

What Can You Do?

First, see if the way you put your dentures in is causing the trouble. Have a sit-down with your dentist and try out different techniques for seating your appliance without letting it brush against any sensitive spots in your mouth.

Pay attention to where your tongue is in your mouth. If it’s wandering around too much, it could jostle a denture loose or draw attention to a sensitive spot. In contrast, you can use your tongue to help stabilize your appliance.

Give yourself a little time if you’re still getting used to a first denture. Your mouth needs to adjust to the presence of the appliance. You’ll probably drool a lot and have a sensitive gag-reflex during the early weeks, but with time, it will start to feel natural.

If all else fails, see your dentist to find out if a denture adjustment or implant option is the best solution to your gagging problem.

Posted on behalf of:
Town Center Dental
1110 State Route 55, Suite 107
Lagrangeville, NY 12540
(845) 486-4572


4 Signs You Should See Your Dentist For a Denture Adjustment or Repair

Posted in Dentures

It’s nice to think that once you get a set of false teeth you’ll never have to worry about them again. On the contrary, although they aren’t the same as natural teeth, you still have a big responsibility on your hands.

Or on your gums, rather.

Getting your denture adjusted and repaired on a regular basis is healthier for your mouth and can even extend the life of your appliance.

  1. Sores On Gums

A loose denture will chafe uncomfortably against soft tissues in your mouth. That’s definitely not normal for a denture. If the fit isn’t improved, those sore spots will only get worse until you can’t bear to wear your denture at all.

  1. Using Lots Of Adhesive

A little denture paste or cream goes a long way. In fact, the better your denture fits, the better the adhesive works. But if you find yourself dabbing on more paste than usual to hold your denture down, it may be time to have it tightened a bit.

  1. Slipping

Is your sandwich just not chewing the way it usually does?

Either the bread is stale, or your dentures don’t have a stable fit anymore. Over time, your jawbone shrinks under the pressure of dentures. Your appliance will need to be adjusted to compensate for those changes.

  1. Small Cracks

If your denture still fits, you might not think a small nick or hairline fracture is a big deal. But it will get bigger the longer it’s left there. It also provides a hideout for smelly bacteria and fungus.

Ask your dentist about the right time to get a denture adjustment.

Posted on behalf of:
Columbine Creek Dentistry
4760 W Mineral Ave #60
Littleton, CO 80128
(720) 636-9010


5 Signs it’s Time for a Denture Adjustment

Posted in Dentures

Is your denture ready for an update? Perhaps even an complete upgrade? Here are five signs that you should schedule a visit with your dentist.

You’ve been reaching for that denture paste.

Every day, you’re layering on the denture adhesive. It’s not unusual to need some help in the very beginning when you’re still getting used to your new denture. But if you’ve been using an adhesive a lot more than usual, it’s a good sign that your denture has lost some of its essential and snug fit.

You notice sore spots on your gums.

When dentures start to loosen, they’ll rub and chafe against the soft tissue of tissues throughout your mouth. So if you’re finding raw spots on your gums that make it painful to wear a denture, you really should see your dentist right away.

You’re talking a little funny.

Remember how it took you a while to get used to talking with your denture when you first got it? If you’re once again having a hard time pronouncing words without your denture clicking, whistling or slipping out of place, then that means it needs to be adjusted due to anatomical changes in your mouth.

It’s been harder to chew the same foods.

Your denture needs some expert attention if it’s not staying securely in place. Even if you have a reliable technique for eating with loose dentures, it’s not good for your diet.

You’re embarrassed to wear your denture.

Does your denture just feel less secure? If you’re unusually hesitant about eating in public, then getting your denture adjusted could help you regain that confidence.

Call your dentist if you’re noticing any of these signs. It could be an easy, one-day fix!

Posted on behalf of:
Siena Dental
10075 S Eastern Ave # 107
Henderson, NV 89052-3974
(702) 567-0000


Do I Really Need New Dentures?

Posted in Dentures

Because they’re not real teeth, it may seem that dentures should last forever. In actuality, they experience just as much wear as regular teeth do. It’s true that they won’t develop cavities, but your dentures can still face a few other problems that you should be on the lookout for.

The Effects of Wear and Tear

Denture experience a lot of abuse! They can be easily worn or damaged by things like:

  • Extended use
  • Accidental drops
  • Household pets
  • The wrong cleaning product or tool

Denture materials are not invincible. Professional repair is your safest and healthiest option. If damage is too extensive, replacement is your only option.

Dentures Should Not Be Uncomfortable or Loose!

When you wear a denture, the shape of your mouth changes over time. These changes will mean that your denture—being custom-designed to fit your mouth—will become loose and start to pinch and slip.

So with time, your denture will need adjustments. But you can only do so many adjustments before a denture needs to be replaced, entirely! On average, dentures should be replaced every 5 years.

Keep Your Mouth Healthy

A beat-up denture tends to host higher numbers of bacteria. A scratches and nicks in the denture can irritate the soft tissues of your mouth. These scratches provide more hiding places for germs and food. This debris can cause some serious irritation.

Getting a fresh denture every several years is a good way to ensure that your mouth stays healthy!

Visit your dentist on a regular basis for checkups. Even though you may not have any teeth that need a exam, dental appointments are still important. Your dentist will assess the health of your mouth and make sure that your denture is still in good working order!

Posted on behalf of:
Gastonia Family Dentistry
2557 Pembroke Rd
Gastonia, NC 28054
(704) 854-8887


Do You Really Need a Denture Adhesive?

Posted in Dentures

There is a stigma attached to wearing dentures. This includes the idea that you automatically have to wear an adhesive with it to keep it in place.

You’ll be happy to learn that a sticky, messy denture adhesive is not a must!

Just Getting Started?

If you are just receiving your dentures for the first time, then it’s possible that you will need a little time to get used to the sensation! A denture adhesive can help you to feel secure in your denture as you build more and more trust in its ability to chew your food.

When Your Denture Gets Loose

With time, your denture should no longer need the help of an adhesive to stay in place. This is because a well-made denture relies on your mouth’s shape for support and retention. After years of not supporting any teeth, the bone in your mouth will change shape.

When this happens, your denture will become looser.

So keep in mind that the sudden need for an adhesive after wearing your denture for a long time could be a sign that it needs adjusting. Don’t ignore this sign!

The Choice is Yours

For some folks, they will just always feel better knowing that they have a reliable adhesive holding their denture in place. Others hate using that messy stuff! Everyone with a denture has the right to decide what will help him or her to feel comfortable wearing it.

You may feel that way, or you may join the thousands of patients who opt for dental implant therapy to anchor their replacement teeth on a more permanent basis.

Visit your dentist for regular dental checkups and more information on getting the most of your denture.

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Denture and Implant Specialists
203 Woodpark Pl #102
Woodstock, GA 30188


Are Denture Adhesives a Good Idea?

Posted in Dentures

The short answer: it depends!

Society often makes it seem that you can’t wear a denture without a paste or some other adhesive to hold it in place. The fact is, however, that you shouldn’t need an adhesive all the time.

Why do some people choose to use an adhesive? When might you decide that you need one?

Increase Comfort and Peace of Mind

For some patients, using an adhesive paste or powder along with their denture gives them a greater sense of security. It’s easy to feel self-conscious about wearing dentures. This is especially true of first-time denture wearers who don’t yet trust their new prosthesis. Using an adhesive can help such ones to feel better about wearing their dentures.

Do Dentures Require an Adhesive?

The secret is that a well-made denture does not need an adhesive. It is designed to conform so closely to the contours of your mouth that it creates a natural and comfortable suction. If you always need the help of an adhesive, then this could indicate a problem.

When to Not Use a Denture Adhesive

If your denture is in need of adjustment (such as relining or rebasing) then it won’t fit quite right. Your denture can lose its snug fit if it is damaged or if your mouth changes in shape. Patching it up with adhesives won’t improve its fit!

Whether you use a denture adhesive or not is eventually up to you. The point is that no adhesive can make up for the adjustment a denture may need. See your dentist for regular examinations to ensure that your mouth stays healthy and that your denture fits right.

Posted on behalf of:
Heritage Dental
23945 Franz Rd Suite A
Katy, TX 77493
(832) 709-2429


5 Signs That Your Denture Needs to be Relined or Adjusted

Posted in Dentures

Dentures are made to last as long as possible. However, as we age, our bone or gum tissues may start to shrink – causing our denture to feel loose or not fit properly. As a result, your dentures could cause pain or feel loose when you talk.  If this is the case, you may need to have your dentures adjusted or relined.

What are some of the symptoms you should watch for?

  1. Pain and soreness – When dentures don’t fit properly, they can be painful to wear, or even cause your gums to develop sores.
  2. Food getting caught more often than before – If you are noticing food getting stuck under your dentures after meals, they have probably lost their ideal fit.
  3. Difficulty chewing– If foods you once ate now seem more difficult to enjoy, it could be due to your denture.
  4. Your dentures keep falling out – Your denture should fit snuggly so that it always stays in place. You should be able to chew, talk, sneeze and cough without worrying about your dentures falling out.  If you can’t wear them without applying adhesive, then you need to have your dentist examine them.
  5. Mouth Infections – If dentures have a poor fit, a mouth infection called “thrush” can occur.  This can create redness and soreness of your gums. Your dentist may need to prescribe an antibiotic to clear it up.

As a denture wearer, you should continue to visit your dentist regularly for check-ups. He or she will assess your prosthesis for a proper fit, as well as recommend adjustments if needed. If you are beginning to notice any of the above symptoms – call your dentist right away.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618


Why You Should Bring Your Dentures In for a Check-Up

Posted in Dentures

Dentures are one option for replacing missing teeth in your mouth.  These are removable, false teeth that are made out of metal, plastic or nylon materials.  They are specifically made to fit over your gums in your individual mouth.  Sometimes, people mistakenly think that since they have “fake teeth” they no longer need to visit their dentist for a check-up.  This is simply not true.  Whether you have full or partial dentures, bringing them in for regular check-ups are very important.

What are some reasons why you should bring your dentures in for check-up visits?

  • Your gums and jawbone will shrink over time.  After a while, your dentures may not fit like they had before.  Your dentist would need to adjust or replace the dentures to make sure they fit correctly in your mouth.
  • Dentures can break or get worn out so it is important for your dentist to examine your dentures regularly to make sure they are in good condition so they can function properly
  • Dentists can help you with any issues you may be having, since they are aware of how dentures are supposed to function

Dentures are made to last a long time but it also depends on how well you take care of your dentures.  Along with routine check-ups, your dentures and gums should be cleaned daily at home.

Do you have full or partial dentures?  Do you feel discomfort when you wear them?  In any case, always make sure to bring your dentures in to your next dental exam appointment to have them examined along with the other tissues in your mouth.

Posted on behalf of:
Pacific Sky Dental
6433 Mission St
Daly City, CA 94014
(650) 353-3130


Why Do My Dentures Hurt?

Posted in Dentures

Dentures are one of the necessary options for replacing teeth you have had pulled.  Sometimes, your dentures can start to cause soreness in your mouth.  What causes this to happen?

Here are some common complications that can cause discomfort with dentures:

  • Infections in your mouth
  • Irritation of your gums and mouth tissue
  • Dentures that are movable in your mouth

How can these problems be relieved and prevented? 

It is important for you to see your dentist immediately if you have any of the above issues, to prevent further complications.

Here are some tips for treating and preventing denture problems:

  • Ensure proper fit of dentures- Your bones and gums will change over time and that will cause your dentures to not fit properly.  See your dentist to adjust or replace your dentures for a proper fit.
  • Use adhesive- Use a little denture adhesive to help keep dentures secure in your mouth.
  • Daily cleaning of dentures and mouth- Daily, use a denture brush and a denture cleanser to clean your dentures.  Gently use a soft toothbrush to brush oral tissues, to clean, and help prevent odor and infections
  • Don’t sleep with dentures- The tissues in your mouth need to have a break from your dentures each night to help fight oral yeast infections.
  • Proper Denture Storage- Soaking dentures each night in a denture cleaner to help keep them clean.

Are you having pain or discomfort with your dentures?  Call your dentist for an exam right away to ensure your dentures are fitting properly and to get further advice on how to treat your individual condition.

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Denture and Implant Specialists
203 Woodpark Pl #102
Woodstock, GA 30188


Three Signs That Your Denture Needs to be Adjusted

Posted in Dentures

An ill-fitting denture isn’t just an inconvenience, but it can cause some serious damage to your mouth. Adhesives can help, but they will only work temporarily. So before you load up your denture with messy denture pastes, check for these signs that your denture should be readjusted and schedule an appointment with your dentist.

Slipping and Clicking Noises When You Talk or Eat

If you’ve noticed any strange noises or movements from your denture while you’re chewing, that could be a sign that they need to be adjusted. Well-fitting dentures are meant to fit snugly and give you a secure bite. You also should not feel too embarrassed to talk. Dentures that slip around when you are trying to say something can make you very self-conscious. Clacking dentures are not normal!

Sore Spots on Your Gums, Cheeks, or Roof of Your Mouth

Loose dentures will chafe the soft tissue of your gums and inside of your mouth. These sores can make wearing your denture very painful. Eating may also become unpleasant. You don’t have to suffer in silence – have your denture adjusted so that you have a secure fit once again.

Changes in the Shape of Your Smile

The bone that your dentures fit over can be gradually worn away from the pressure of wearing a denture. This is typical, and with time, will eventually alter the height of your smile. This is the reason the fit of the dentures change, and they will need to be adjusted to conform to your mouth’s new shape.

If your denture shows signs of not fitting well, contact your dentist for an adjustment and experience a strong bite again!

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-9690

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