Denture Warning!!!

While dentures are an effective replacement for your natural teeth, they can increase the risk of certain periodontal diseases and are linked to numerous other health problems.

Who Needs Dentures?

Dentists recommend complete or partial dentures for people who are missing all of their teeth. It acts as an artificial support for the gums and helps you perform basic oral functions such as speaking, chewing and eating with ease.

Health Warnings of Dentures

Ill-fitting dentures can negatively affect your oral and overall health. Denture wearers should look out for these physical warnings and report any discomfort to the dentist:

Ill-Fitting Dentures: Ill-fitting dentures can occur due to oral health problems, gum disease, soreness in the mouth, swollen gums, cavities, and infections.

Ill-fitting dentures can cause severe dental pain and problems in eating and chewing. If left untreated for long, the ill-fitting denture constantly rubs against the gums and creates a callus (epulis) that can only be removed through oral surgery.

It is recommended to see a dentist and get the ill-fitting denture removed or relined. As a precaution, every denture wearer should get evaluated every 6 months.

Ill-fitting dentures can also indirectly result from any of these conditions:

  • Diabetes
  • Cancer Treatment
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Medications for Blood Pressure/Anti-Depressants/Immuno-Suppressants that causes dry mouth or Xerostomia

If ignored, ill-fitting dentures can exacerbate pain and make it unbearable to wear. Patients must get their dentures fixed by a dentist if they show any sign of discomfort.

Denture Adhesives: Improper use or overuse of denture adhesives can lead to the high intake of zinc. When ingested in high levels, zinc can cause stomachache, oral irritation, and nausea. A toxic level of zinc causes copper deficiency which can further lead to neurological damage.

If your dentures come excessively loose and need extra adhesives, it is important to consult your dentist to have your old dentures relined or replaced.

Treatments to Fix Dentures

Depending upon the level of discomfort caused by dentures, your dentist will recommend any of the following options:

  • Dental Implants: Dental Implants are minimally invasive dental procedure for effective treatment of ill-fitting dentures. Once inserted into the teeth, they provide good support to stabilize the dentures.
  • Relining: Old, ill-fitting and extremely loose dentures are relined through the mold of a liquid acrylic.
  • Recasting: Damaged, painful dentures that can’t be fixed are recasted and refitted.
How to Care for Your Dentures
  • Brush your dentures thoroughly every day.
  • Use only the dentist’s recommended toothpaste and toothbrush for cleaning dentures.
  • Soak dentures in denture cleanser overnight.
  • Store your dentures in a clean, hygienic and safe place, away from pets and children.
  • Get evaluated for dental checkups annually by your dentist.

If you face any discomfort with your dentures, get evaluated by our dentists by booking your appointment today!

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FABEY DENTAL STUDIOS

Mark J. Fabey D.M.D.

2690 Kingston Rd.
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