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Feb
11

5 Common Denture Problems…and Solutions

Posted in Dentures

If you’re a denture wearer, then chances are you can relate to at least one of these common denture issues!

Fortunately if you do, there’s something you can do to resolve them.

Problem: Dentures slip and slide when you try to talk.

Solution: Practice, practice, practice! Practice speaking out loud when you’re in the privacy of your home. This will help you gain confidence for those tricky social situations.

Problem: Gum sores from denture irritation.

Solution: Your denture is likely too loose or ill-fitting. A denture adhesive (used sparingly) can help it stay in place. Eventually, you will need to have your denture adjusted or relined by your dentist.

Problem: Difficulty eating.

Solution: Cut your food into smaller-than-usual bites. Reach for softer things like chicken salad rather than steak, or applesauce as opposed to a whole apple. Like speaking, eating with dentures is another task that requires practice to master.

Problem: Bad breath.

Solution: Take a look at your denture hygiene. Are you removing your denture every night for a soak? Do you clean your denture daily? Remember to care for your mouth, too. Brush your tongue to remove smelly bacteria and use a rinse prescribed by a dentist to reduce odor. Staying hydrated is also key to fresh breath with dentures.

Problem: Stained teeth.

Solution: Most people want a bright white smile, even if it’s with false teeth. Keep your denture very clean to prevent stain buildup before it starts. Give it a rinse after drinking dark beverages like tea and coffee. Visit your dentist regularly for a professional denture cleanings to remove tartar.

Have other questions or concerns about your denture? Contact your dentist for more information on denture care and maintaining your oral health.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

Nov
30

Should I Have My Denture Relined or Replaced?

Posted in Dentures

Uh oh! Your denture suddenly doesn’t fit like it once did. What happened? It somehow seems looser and doesn’t stay in place. Should you just get out the Poligrip and grin and bare the discomfort? What are your options?

  • Adding an over-the-counter adhesive can help, but it’s a temporary solution. Adhesives can be messy and inconvenient to use. If you run out, it’s an emergency visit to the drug store to stop that denture from flapping and rubbing your poor gums raw.
  • Relining a denture is a procedure that can be done at your dental office. It’s less expensive than replacing a denture and provides a new liner (of either hard acrylic or a soft, flexible material) to better match the changed contour of your gums. A tighter fit is created, making the dentures more comfortable and buying you up to two more years of wear.
  • Replacing an ill-fitting denture is often the best, most permanent fix. While a more expensive option, you won’t be able to beat how well they fit, feel, and function! No more bulk – new impressions will ensure an exact fit. The strength and materials used have also improved over the years, so this may be your big chance for a long-awaited makeover! 

How did my denture get loose?

Usually, gradual bone loss, but an ill-fitting denture can increase the speed of that wear. Reduced blood flow to this area and wearing overnight is also largely to blame.

Solution?

Massage the gums with your toothbrush/fingers, keep your mouth clean, and continue annual check-ups with your dentist. Call when denture adjustments are needed… your dentist will be happy to help!

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill,  South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

Sep
14

Why Are My Dentures Sliding Around?

Posted in Dentures

You’ve had your dentures for several years. Just when you’ve (finally!) gotten used to them, they’re suddenly loose and unstable. What happened?

Here’s a hint: it’s not your dentures that have changed!

First off, let’s review how your denture was made. Your denture is probably a solid piece of acrylic. It was designed from an exact mold taken of your mouth. The denture reflects every contour and ridge in your mouth. So how your mouth looked and felt at the time your denture was made is exactly how your denture will stay.

Changes in Your Mouth

The bone under your gum tissue is dynamic and pressure-sensitive. Teeth can move through bone. In fact, the pressure of a tooth nested within the bone encourages it to continue a healthy cycle of wear and reinforcement.

What if you have no teeth left to stimulate the bone?

The ridge of bone underneath gums can gradually resorb and weaken. As this happens, the height and shape of your smile will change. Your perfectly matched denture is no longer a perfect fit!

A well-fitted denture doesn’t usually need much help to stay in place. If you find yourself reaching for a denture adhesive after several years of use, then that’s a sign that your mouth has changed and needs a new fit.

How to Fix Loose Dentures

The surest, safest, and most permanent solution for loose dentures is to bring them in to your dentist.

Depending upon your individual needs and circumstances, your dentist may recommend:

  • Relining
  • Rebasing
  • A new denture

If your denture is slipping around more than usual, it could be time for a checkup!

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. C Family Dentistry
13514 E 32nd Ave
Spokane Valley, WA 99216
(509) 591-9317

Sep
14

When Do You Need New Dentures?

Posted in Dentures

Your denture is part of your daily routine. You wear it each day and depend on it all day long. Like anything that you use each day, you become accustomed to its fit and any gradual changes that happen over time. Like your favorite pair of shoes, a great-fitting denture can also wear out over time.

How do you know if your dentures are wearing out or if you need them relined or even replaced? Some signs to watch for are:

  • Sore areas under your dentures
  • Difficulty chewing on one side of your mouth
  • Loose-fitting dentures that don’t seal well
  • The need to wear denture adhesive

Annual exams are an important part of keeping your dentures healthy. Some patients may require occasional adjustments, a re-lining, or even having their denture replaced. If you’ve worn your dentures for several years and they seem looser than they used to be, you’ll need to see your dentist. Even the best dentures can wear out to the point where they’re doing more harm than they are good.

To keep your dentures lasting longer, remember to take them out every night and soak them in a denture cleansing solution. Not only does this help your appliance stay cleaner, but it also provides necessary rest to the tissues inside of your mouth. Patients that do this will have fewer oral infections and less bone loss over time than patients that wear their dentures around the clock each day. In the morning, remove your dentures from the solution and brush them thoroughly to remove loose debris and stain buildup.

Remember to see your dentist at least once or twice a year to keep your dentures healthier, longer.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mark Rowe, Rowe Family Dental Care

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Jun
6

When Is It Time For a New Denture?

Posted in Dentures

Dentures are frequently a type of “treatment” that is often adjusted, re-lined or check for a fit during your routine dental exams. Properly fitted dentures can last for several years, but changes come gradually so most people aren’t sure when their denture has been worn past the point of no return. Here are some reasons why patients may need to toss their old denture for a new one:

Significant weight loss.

When you lose weight, the tissues around your mouth get smaller, too. That means something like a denture that is held in place by suction against your anatomical structures isn’t going to stay in place. While minor weight loss might be reason to re-line a denture, significant weight loss will need a new denture altogether, especially if proper nutrition intake is a concern.  

Your denture is broken.

This may sound obvious, but even if one or two teeth has broken off of the denture, it can’t be repaired. Your denture is a one-piece restoration that simply can’t be patched back together. Trying to cement a part of a denture back together will not stand up to normal wear and tear during the day. 

You cant wear it without adhesive or getting sore spots.

A properly fitted denture doesn’t require adhesive pastes to stay in place. It also shouldn’t cause sores or raw spots from wearing it. Re-lining the denture can fix some of these problems, but if the prosthesis is very old then it’s just time to get a new one made.

Even denture patients need to see their dentist for check-ups. Schedule your appointment twice each year.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel 

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