Dentures are a popular and very functional choice for tooth replacement. If properly cared for, they can be very comfortable and last for many years. Without diligent care, however, you can experience some uncomfortable issues with your new teeth.
Common Problems Associated with Dentures
Most problems associated with dentures are due to a poor fit or inadequate cleaning and care. Some of the most common issues include:
- General mouth irritation
- Sores in the mouth
- Shifting dentures
- Mouth infections
Irritation and mouth sores are usually due to a poor fit. If your dentures are moving in your mouth, this is another sign that they do not fit well. Often, your dentures will fit comfortably when you first get them, but over time they become looser. This is because your jawbone tends to change shape after you lose your teeth. Your dentist can monitor the fit of your denture and recommend adjustments. Your dentures will need to be relined every few years, and at some point you might need to have them remade to fit properly.
Caring for Your Dentures
Taking good care of your dentures is the most important and effective way to reduce the likelihood of infection or discomfort. You should clean your dentures regularly, both by brushing them and by using special cleaning solution. You should also be sure to keep your mouth clean overall. If you have teeth remaining, brush and floss them regularly. To avoid mouth infections, often caused by yeast in the mouth, keep your dentures clean and ensure they fit properly to keep yeast from accumulating. Cleaning your mouth, your remaining teeth, and your dentures also helps control the bacteria that can cause gum disease.
To ensure your dentures remain comfortable and don’t rub and irritate your gums, it’s also important to be careful about what and how you eat. Avoid foods that are sticky, chewy, or hard to bite. When you chew, be sure you keep even amounts of food on either side of your mouth. This will keep you from exerting more pressure on one side of the denture, which can loosen it.
Do you currently have dentures and still have questions? Or are you seeking to use dentures for tooth replacement? Call our team at 501-843-9561 for answers to these questions and more.