If you’re a denture wearer, there’s not much worse than having a loose fitting appliance. Loose dentures can make it difficult to eat, speak, and even cause sore spots to develop inside of your mouth. Losing weight is a major concern due to the inability to eat properly. Thankfully, there are some ways to address the problem of loose dentures as well as help prevent it from happening.
Minor problems with fits can sometimes benefit from using a small amount of adhesive paste or tape. Unfortunately many people use adhesive to cover up larger problems for an extended period of time instead of just to get them by until they see their dentist. Seeing your dentist regularly for oral health check-ups can keep your denture fitting better, longer. Minor adjustments or re-lining can be completed as necessary, to preserve a stable fit inside of your mouth. What may feel like a rocking or loose denture could possibly be corrected by simply being re-lined.
One of the best way to prevent your denture from becoming loose is to take it out every night. Excessive denture wear can place pressure on the supporting bone and encourage it to be lost quicker than normal. By allowing your mouth and bone to rest in the evenings when you sleep, you can extend healthy bone levels for a longer period of time.
It’s important not to try to “tough it out” if your denture doesn’t fit correctly. Abnormal pressure points will only make your mouth more uncomfortable. As soon as you begin noticing that your denture may possibly be loose, it’s time to set up an appointment with your dentist.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Joni Price DMD, ToothMasters
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Your dental prosthesis requires daily care just the same way your natural teeth do. Whether you wear dentures, a partial denture, retainer or other type of appliance, routine oral hygiene is important to keep your prosthesis lasting as long as possible, and prevent oral infections.
Tartar buildup can form on tooth enamel or oral appliances. Along with plaque buildup, a poorly cleaned prosthesis can cause oral infections to develop on your gums or other oral tissues. Not only this, but premature bone resorption can occur if the appliance is never taken out and cleaned. This will cause your device to not fit as long as it should, requiring replacement much sooner than what is typically needed.
To best care for your removable appliance, take it out at the end of each day and rinse it thoroughly before placing it into a glass of water along with a denture-cleansing tablet. Allow it to soak overnight before taking it out and brushing it thoroughly with a toothbrush or denture brush that is set-aside solely for this purpose. Keep a separate brush for your teeth, to prevent rough bristles from scratching your enamel or gums. Brush and floss your teeth or oral tissues as normal before rinsing your appliance off and placing it back into your mouth.
Even if you’re wearing a full denture, you should see your dentist twice each year for routine preventive care visits. At these appointments you’ll receive an oral cancer screening, periodontal/bone assessment, and have your appliance checked for fit before it is cleaned. With proper care, your oral appliance can last as long as possible, but without proper care, it can have a much shorter life expectancy than normal.
Posted on behalf of Toothmasters
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