March 21, 2021
Dentures have undergone several improvements over the years to enhance their fit and function. Unfortunately, there may come a time when your replacement teeth don’t quite fit as they used to. Although it might seem like nothing more than a nuisance, ill-fitting dentures can cause a variety of complications. Here are 5 of the most common signs you need to see your dentist for an adjustment or a replacement.
1. Swollen Gums
One of the most obvious signs your dentures aren’t fitting well is swollen gums. If they no longer accommodate the contours of your mouth, they can rub against the soft tissues. The friction and pressure can cause your gums to swell and become irritated. If the problem isn’t corrected, it can cause sores, bleeding, and even infection.
When the gums are irritated and inflamed, it’s not uncommon for sensitivity and soreness to occur. Not only can it affect your gum tissue, but also your temporomandibular joint, which is located on either side of your face, connecting your jaw to your skull. The muscles and tissues can become irritated as well, limiting your jaw movements and causing facial pain.
3. Trouble Speaking
Loose dentures can make speaking a challenge because your teeth might move around. You can develop a lisp, or your dentures may even fall out. Both can be quite embarrassing, but your dentist can restore your smile, so you can talk freely without any worry.
4. Trouble Eating
If your dentures are slipping, it can hurt to chew. As a result, you might limit foods in your diet because they are too difficult to chew. If you aren’t careful, this can lead to nutritional deficiencies that can harm your general health. You can also have a greater risk of infection because food particles can get trapped under your denture if it doesn’t fit securely.
Oral pain is linked to headaches, especially if your jaw hurts. Although you may not believe the two can be related, headaches are a frequent side effect of poorly fitting dentures.
Stabilize Your Smile
It’s normal for your dentures to lose their snug fit as your gums and bone change shape. Regular maintenance appointments with your dentist can reinstate their fit and comfort while also prolonging their longevity. On average, you can expect your dentures to last for 5 to 7 years before needing to be replaced.
If you’re ready to enjoy unmatched stability and a solution that can last for decades, ask your dentist about adding dental implants to support your denture. You’ll benefit from a treatment that closely looks and feels natural to invest in your oral health and quality of life.
About Dr. Glenn Shtarkman
Dr. Shtarkman earned his dental degree at the Case Western University’s School of Dental Medicine and regularly continues his training in many specialties, like dental implants. As a board-certified dentist, he has the qualifications you can trust to replace your missing teeth. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
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