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Common Denture Problems & How To Solve Them

Though dentures can be a lifesaver, it can take some time to get a perfect fit.

Issues with New Dentures

If you have gone without teeth for a length of time, the prospect of new dentures may be exciting. However, you should be prepared for the possibility that the process may take several appointments and a bit of time in order to get a proper fit.

Though it may not be the most convenient, there are benefits to visiting the dentist for several fittings before receiving your completed denture(s). During these appointments, the dentist can finely tune the denture(s) to ensure the best fit and prevent issues that might be caused by a poor fit.

If, after getting new dentures, you find it difficult to speak or eat, you can:

  • Start by speaking slowly
  • Practice words you might find difficult to say with your new teeth
  • Try eating soft foods, like mashed potatoes or eggs
  • Chew slowly
  • Avoid hard or sticky foods, like taffy or caramel.

If, despite practicing and allowing time for adjustment, it still seems that the new dentures don't fit properly, contact your dentist for an appointment to check if any additional adjustments are needed.

Poorly Fitting Dentures

It can be easy to become frustrated when dealing with dentures that don't fit properly. Instead of throwing them in a drawer and getting by without teeth, contact your dentist, There is likely something that can be done to improve the situation.

Poor fitting dentures may:

  • Slide around in the mouth
  • Fall down or out when talking or laughing
  • Pinch gum tissue
  • Create sores or infection due to friction

Loose dentures are quite common. This is because the mouth continues to change once teeth are removed. Gum tissue shrinks and the bone structure changes.

Many denture-wearers choose to use an adhesive when their dentures don't stay put. However, this can be expensive. It may also be unnecessary if your dentist can adjust them. Those using denture adhesive should be cautious. Only use the amount of adhesive recommended in the product's directions.

Dentures that fit too tightly can cause irritation and sores. This could lead to an infection of the mouth. If left untreated more serious overall health issues could develop.

If you experience issues with the fit of your dentures, consult with your dentist to determine what steps can be taken to address them. The dentist may recommend an adjustment to the existing denture, a replacement altogether, or another alternative. Never try to adjust dentures yourself.

Mouth Infections

Denture wearers are susceptible to different kinds of yeast infections when dentures don't fit well. This is because yeast accumulates in the moist environment of the mouth.

Symptoms of this type of infection can include:

  • Small bumps on the roof of the mouth or under an upper denture
  • General redness and swelling of the mouth
  • Cracking at the corners of the mouth.

Infections of this type can generally be treated with a prescription medication and improved denture care. Denture-wearers should keep a close eye on the condition of the tissues in their mouths and contact their dentist if they experience any abnormal symptoms.

Preventing Denture Issues

Though it may take professional intervention to assist with ill-fitting dentures, mouth infections can usually be prevented by practicing good oral hygiene and denture care. Follow these tips:

  • Clean all surfaces of your mouth daily, before putting in your dentures
  • Clean your dentures every night
  • Continue to visit the dentist for routine exams
  • Follow your dentist's recommendations for daily denture care.

If your dentures cause you pain or frustration or you are experiencing any symptoms of an infection, call your dentist. There's a good chance they will be able to help!

Note: The information in this document is not meant to replace the advice of your dentist or another licensed healthcare professional. Talk to your dentist for any specific dental advice.