What should you do if one day you realize that your denture just doesn’t quite fit as snugly as it used to? It may seem like a quick fix to use a generous amount of denture paste to improve the fit. Some people even attempt to adjust their denture at home using anything they have on hand. This method is dangerous, because you could completely damage the denture or contaminate it with something that can irritate your mouth. What is the most reliable way to improve your denture’s fit?
Why Isn’t Your Denture Fitting?
Remember that because your jaws are no longer supporting teeth, the bone will gradually resorb over time. This means that the shape of your mouth will change. Your denture was first designed to fit your mouth’s shape on the day you received it. If it has been several months, your denture may no longer fit. Bone loss can be accelerated if you do not take your denture out at night.
The One-and-Only True Fix!
If your denture isn’t fitting properly, it is most likely due to the fact that the needs and shape of your mouth have changed. Your denture should be adjusted to reflect these changes so that it will fit and function correctly. Packing in denture paste just won’t cut it!
Be sure to visit your dentist at least every six months to ensure a comfortably fitting denture. The dentist will check the fit and reline or rebase it, if needed. Your dentist will also make sure that your mouth is in good health. A damaged or dirty denture could end up causing you even more problems.
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1646 W U.S. 50
O’Fallon, IL 62269
A great fitting denture is essential to feeling comfortable and confident throughout the day. Without a secure fit, dentures can lead to extra bone loss, sores inside of your mouth and even cause pain.
How can you help your denture fit better, longer?
Take Your Denture Out at Night
One of the most important steps in denture home care is to remove the denture each and every night. This prevents excessive bone loss due to the pressure of the prosthesis over your jaws. Your bone needs time to rest, so nighttime is the best chance to meet that need. Be sure to soak your denture as well, to loosen and remove buildup that may have deposited throughout the day.
Consider Having Your Denture Re-lined
Don’t rely on adhesives or pastes to keep your denture secure. These should only be used on a temporary basis – not a long term one. If your denture won’t stay in place without them, then you may need to have it relined by your dentist. This process is relatively simple, and it provides a new, updated, custom fit to the natural contour of your mouth. It’s a great way to “update” the fit of your current denture.
See Your Dentist for Check-ups
If you’ve lost weight, been hospitalized or it has been years since a dental visit, the fit of your denture may have changed tremendously. Your dentist can assess your fit and examine your mouth to determine whether or not the denture needs to be adjusted or even replaced.
Even if you no longer have any natural teeth, you should be seeing your dentist for a check-up at least once a year for a healthy smile. Schedule your visit today!
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Dr. Farhan Qureshi, DDS
5206 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, VA 22311
You depend on your dentures all day long, day after day, year after year…how long can a person expect to be able to use the same appliance? A denture has the capability of lasting for several years, as long as it is cared for properly. The lifespan of this prosthesis can vary from person to person.
One of the biggest factors that affect the lifespan of your denture is the health of your mouth. Advanced or continual bone loss can cause dentures to not fit properly. This will cause even more bone loss, due to abnormal pressure throughout the mouth. Sore spots may also develop. You may not necessarily need a new denture; your dentist could possibly just re-line your prosthesis to return a comfortable, secure fit.
If you break your denture, it will depend on what type of break occurs as to whether or not your dentist can repair it for you. Some materials can be fused back together without any integrity being compromised. Others may be impossible to repair, due to the fracture, and may need to be completely replaced. Or maybe you’ve had a partial denture and lost another natural tooth, which needs to be added onto your existing denture. This may or may not be an option, so a consultation with your dentist will be needed. Replacing the tooth as soon as possible can protect the health of your other teeth.
It’s important to feel confident and comfortable in your prosthesis. If the teeth are worn, or the device no longer looks or feels appropriate, it may be worth investing in a newer denture. If you’re a patient that wears dentures, it’s important to have regular check-ups with your dentist twice each year. The purpose of these appointments is to recognize diseases at early stages, and keep your dentures lasting as long as possible.
Posted on behalf of Georgia Denture and Implant Specialists
Deciding whether or not to get dentures is a very personal event. Most dentists recommend dentures when other tooth replacement options such as dental implants are not an option due to inadequate bone health or patient preferences. Full or partial dentures are an economical treatment choice to replace several missing teeth or all teeth at just one time. Dentures may be worn on the upper or lower arches, or on both.
Full dentures are made of an acrylic material that matches the shade of your gums and teeth, giving your smile a natural appearance. Partial dentures use metal or acrylic clasps to snap on around existing teeth to hold the appliance into place. How your dentures fit is extremely important, as this will decide how well you talk, eat and smile every day. A properly fitted denture will never require the use of adhesives or pastes to hold it into place. Instead, a detailed impression of your mouth allows for a close-fitting appliance that creates a suction to the roof of your mouth to stabilize it during the day.
Getting used to your dentures can take a little practice at first. In the beginning you should wear your denture all day without taking it out often. This helps your mouth become accustomed to the appliance and helps you become comfortable eating and talking with it. Take your dentures out every night to allow your oral tissues a time to relax and be cleaned with a soft toothbrush, preventing any type of infection under the appliance. Your dentures should be soaked overnight and brushed thoroughly each morning to reduce tartar buildup. Remember to see your dentist twice each year to have your fit check, an oral exam, and have your dentures professionally cleaned.
Posted on behalf of Randy Muccioli
A properly fitting denture should be comfortable to wear without the use of denture adhesives. Discomfort or pain from your dentures is usually due to bacteria under your denture or from not wearing your denture properly.
Irregular wear of your dentures may not allow your mouth to become accustomed to the appliance, making it sore or irritating the tissues underneath. Wearing it each day and taking it out every night is the best way to prevent soreness or irritation. Prolonged wear may allow for the development of yeast infections and raw oral tissue on the roof of your mouth, as well as advanced bone loss due to constant pressure from the appliance.
Sometimes it is necessary for your dentist to adjust your newly made denture to eliminate any pressure spots. If a denture is old, your dentist may find that re-lining the denture will alleviate discomfort and create a proper seal against your mouth to keep it in place.
To prevent infections that cause discomfort, soak your dentures overnight in water or a denture cleaner to loosen any deposits on the appliance. In the morning, remove the denture and brush away any loose bacteria. Use a separate toothbrush for your dentures than you do for any remaining teeth. Use your other toothbrush to gently clean the roof of your mouth and gum tissue, which also adds stimulation to the area to promote blood circulation and bone health.
Denture patients should see their dentist regularly to monitor the stability of their appliance as well as screen for any oral health problems. Routine visits can eliminate the development of many problems and predict if and when a new set of dentures may be needed.
Posted on behalf of Lawrenceville Family Dental Care, P.C.
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