Understanding your Dentures
Dentures are a surprisingly complex subject.
There are a lot of choices and questions that you have about the subject.
To help you, we’ve put together our answers to some frequently asked questions.
Many people wrongly believe that their ability to eat foods such as apples, corn on the cob etc will not be affected when their natural teeth are replaced with dentures.
Unfortunately fulfilling such high expectations is extremely difficult and in some cases impossible depending on the conditions in each individual mouth.
To avoid disappointment it is necessary to understand some of the more common difficulties encountered during the denture wearing process.
How Long should a Denture last?
Contrary to many denture wearers’ beliefs, a denture should be reviewed by your Clinical Dental Technician or dentist every year to check for wear, its fit or any adjustments that may be needed.
A denture is worn down by eating and cleaning, but the base will not adjust to the ridges in your gums which are changing constantly. Even if your denture feels fine you must have your mouth checked annually to ensure against any permanent damage and to check for any mouth infections or other conditions.
Dentures should always be replaced or relined if they become loose.
What about my Drugs / Medical Conditions?
Drugs can cause changes in the shape of the mouth causing fitting problems, steroids generally causing the most problems.
A dry mouth can often be a result from taking drugs, which does not allow a denture to hold in place due to loss of suction and can cause excessive soreness due to lack of lubrication.
Medical conditions can cause fluctuation in body weight and bone structure, which will have an effect on the shape of the mouth. Your gums change shape as your body weight varies.
Do I need to use a Denture Fixative?
Many denture wearers believe that fixatives are only for loose fitting dentures.
This is not always the case. Remember that your dentures have been made to fit comfortably in your mouth but denture fixatives can give you extra security and confidence by providing a more comfortable fit.
It stops you worrying about any loosening or slipping and helping to stop irritating bits of food from getting under the denture plate.
How do I maintain my Partial Denture?
A partial denture can often need more attention than a full denture to maintain the health of your remaining teeth.
Partial dentures can trap food, which will cause decay in your natural teeth, both the denture and your teeth should be brushed after every meal. A badly fitting partial denture can severely damage your gums that are supporting your natural teeth leading to bone loss, mobility and finally the loss of the tooth. If you notice soreness, swelling or bleeding of your gums you must seek help as soon as possible.
When inserting or removing your partial denture never try to force it, always place it in a position with you hands and never bite it into position as you may damage your denture, your teeth or your gums.
What are Dentures made from?
Being focused in one dedicated area of dentistry, we are able to offer many types of dentures that will be best suited to the patients indivual requirements. We provide the choice of plastic, resin or porcelain teeth, which are then carefully selected for their size, shape and colour to suit you. These are fixed in a plastic base or metal and plastic base (chrome cobalt), which had been carefully crafted to fit your gums. The higher the quality of the teeth, the more natural looking they become and being harder wearing they last much longer.
My Dentures used to fit me, but now they don't! What's happening?
If your gums shrink and you do not have your dentures relines or remade, your lower jaw may become out of line with the upper leading to the face muscles virtually collapsing which gives the appearance of premature ageing by causing old and wrinkled features.
Badly fitting dentures may also cause:
A dull pain in or about the ears
A clicking or snapping noise when chewing
Cracked or continually sore corners of the mouth
You are the only person responsible for making sure that you do not suffer with any denture-related problems. Remember we are always available for help or advice.
If you have questions or concerns about your dentures,
it's always best to ask a professional.