Dental Tips Blog

Nov
8

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

May
3

What to Do When Your Denture Chafes

Posted in Dentures

It’s barely tolerable (much less pleasant!) to deal with a loose and chafing denture. Ill-fitting “plates” often make eating a painful chore. Here’s what you should do when you notice sore spots from your removable prosthesis.

Give Your Gums a Break

If you develop a sore spot on your gums, it’s a good idea to take your dentures out for a thorough cleaning. Make sure you’re soaking them well at night and not wearing them while you sleep.

Adhesives: Temporary Fixes

Check out your local drugstore to see what they offer for cushioning and securing loose dentures. Just remember: such measures are only temporary. You need to have your entire denture properly adjusted.

Don’t attempt to do this at home, whatever you do!

Desperation might motivate you to make adjustments on your own. This only puts your denture at risk of damage and could make it even more uncomfortable to wear.

See Your Dentist ASAP!

You feel that you’re at an impasse – you can’t wear your denture but you can’t eat or go out without it. It’s time to see your dentist. A professional who knows how to safely manipulate your denture can make the needed adjustments. Even if you wear full dentures, be sure to book routine checkups at least once or twice a year.

It’s also important to identify the source of any sore or discolored patches. What might seem to be caused by denture chafing could in fact be a fungal infection or even a sign of oral cancer. Never ignore a questionable patch in your mouth.

Schedule regular checkups with your dentist to make sure that your denture and your oral health stay in top shape.

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Denture and Implant Specialists
203 Woodpark Pl #102
Woodstock, GA 30188
(770) 926-0021

Aug
9

3 Signs Your Denture Needs to Be Adjusted

Posted in Dentures

A denture can be your lifeline to smiling with confidence and eating the foods you love. Unfortunately, a denture won’t last forever. You’re putting some miles on that smile! Regular adjustments are necessary for any denture to fit and work comfortably.

Here are three signs that it could be time to see your dentist for an adjustment:

  1. Clicking and slipping.

Have you noticed embarrassing clicking noises coming from your mouth? Do you find it harder to chew your food now because your denture is shifting out of place?

The shape of your mouth changes with time the longer you wear a denture. As it changes, your custom-designed denture no longer matches. The empty spaces loosen your denture and will make it slip around. This can have a rather noisy and embarrassing outcome!

  1. You start using an adhesive.

A denture adhesive is not necessary for a well-made denture to stay in place. If you find yourself reaching for one for the first time in a long while, then it’s a sign your denture is loose and needs adjustment.

  1. Sore spots on your gums and/or mouth.

A poorly-fitting denture can start to chafe. It may even trap more debris underneath it. This debris can irritate the gums and promote bacterial growth. This extra buildup will make your mouth more likely to develop sores and bad breath.

Even if all of your natural teeth have been replaced with a denture, your mouth still needs regular checkups. Keep your dental appointments with your regular dentist to make sure your denture is in tip-top shape with many years ahead of it!

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955

Aug
1

How Dentures Affect Your Diet

Posted in Dentures

If you are preparing to receive your first set of dentures, you might have a few worries weighing on your mind. One common concern about dentures is the way they’ll affect the foods you love to eat.

Getting Familiar With Your Dentures

As you adjust to your new dentures, remember to be patient and take your time! It will require some experimentation and practice to figure out which of your favorite foods you can eat and how to chew them. Like any other skill, eating with dentures must be learned.

A well-made denture should not require that you use a denture paste. You can use an adhesive if it gives you a greater sense of security while you adjust to eating with your denture.

A few other tips for improving your situation:

  • Practice eating at home to avoid embarrassing struggles in public
  • Start out with soft foods and work your way up to tougher ones
  • Avoid foods that require you to bite with just your front teeth
  • Cut up food into smaller and more manageable pieces
  • Chew on both sides of your mouth to apply even pressure to your denture

Life With Dentures

It may take some time to come to grips with your new reality. It’s a fact that your dentures will never quite equal the feeling of having natural teeth. The good news, however, is that you can get used to them and you will start to enjoy daily activities again! With patience and time, your situation will improve.

Ask your dentist for advice on eating with your new denture and suggestions for any other possibilities for restoring your bite.

Posted on behalf of:
Frederick Dental
385 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80305
(303) 442-4846

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

Dec
29

Three Things to Expect from Your Denture

Posted in Dentures

Your denture is your livelihood. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to smile, eat, or talk with your friends. You deserve to expect a few things from your denture in order to make life enjoyable each and every day.

A comfortable fit

Sore spots, rocking of your denture, or discomfort aren’t normal. A healthy denture will fit comfortably all day long. If that isn’t the case, it’s time to have your dentist give it a check to see if an adjustment is made. Over the years our bone can also change, which changes the fit in our dentures. Routine checks at the dental office can monitor these changes and help you plan ahead.

Security

A well made denture will stay in place without adhesives or pastes. Instead, it should fit snuggly in place using suction against your natural tissues. If you can’t get your denture to sit securely throughout the day without those, then you may need to talk to your dentist about alternatives; some of those being relining your denture, replacing it, or an implant-supported denture option.  

Confidence

Even dentures should look great! Your dentist can work with you to design a denture that reflects your natural personality while also enhancing your appearance. From filling in your facial profile to giving you a Hollywood smile, there are many options to consider. Your dentist will discuss the advantages to different types of materials and how they affect the outcome of your final prosthesis.

To keep your denture fitting better longer, remove it every night. Extended wear can cause bone loss that will impact the way your denture fits over time. Remember to schedule routine visits with your dentist to prevent and correct sore spots!

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

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