While dentures can be a great way to overcome the burden of losing natural teeth, there a number of issues that can plague wearers, especially those who have never worn them before. The good news for those who need dentures is that there have – and continue to be big strides in the materials and technology behind the composition of them, ensuring artificial teeth that appear life-like, are comfortable to wear and allow users to enjoy pretty much the same type of foods that they were fond of before they had the dentures fitted.
The following examines a number of the most frequently encountered problems and offers advice on overcoming them.
The most common issues
If you currently wear or are considering to wear dentures, good oral hygiene is essential. You also must be sure to use dentures that are perfectly fitted to the contours of your mouth. Failure to do so can result in the following symptoms:
- Oral discomfort and pain
- Trouble chewing and digesting food
- Trouble speaking clearly
- Loose-fitting dentures
- Oral diseases
Resolving denture issues
If you’re experiencing any of the above issues, you should consult with a dental clinic, prosthetist or dentist immediately. Your dentures will need to be modified to provide a better fit or replaced entirely.
Ill-fitting dentures – as time goes by, the inner components of your mouth can change shape as a result of the dentures. When these dimensions change, alterations will need to be made to the dentures to help them align correctly once more. Always consult an industry professional. Do not attempt to make your own changes. Doing so could cause irreparable damage to your dentures and gums.
Talk at a slower pace – when wearing dentures for the first time, you may find it difficult to pronounce particular words. If this is the case, practice repeating the harder ones at a higher volume and slower pace. If you find that your false teeth are shifting about whenever you chuckle or grin, try clamping your teeth together carefully, to return them to their proper position. If the problem still persists, consult a professional.
Avoid hard and crunchy food – if you’re struggling to eat properly, try doing the following:
- Opt for moderate-sized portions of creamy or supple foods, such as custard or mashed potatoes
- Avoid eating anything that is notorious for sticking to teeth
- Chew at a slow, controlled pace
- Try to chew on the left and right sides of your mouth, to ensure that your teeth dentures don’t come loose
The good thing to remember is that your eating skills will improve day by day and with enough practice, you’ll be able to enjoy virtually all foods once more.
Apply denture glue-like any other glue, denture glue makes it much harder for your false teeth to lose their grip and slip about. Be mindful that glue must never be used to hold worn-out or defective dentures in place. Always read the directions and only apply a modest amount.
Irritations and diseases associated with denture use
While not extremely common, some denture owners do develop mouth diseases, including:
Cheilitis – this condition is characterised by a rash and cracks around the lips and is due to surplus production of leaven (fungus). Leaven develops in wet regions of the mouth, making it a particular problem if your dentures aren’t secured to your gums correctly. To help protect against the condition, schedule routine appointments with your dental technician or dentist to ensure that they are snug and secure as they’re supposed to be.
Mucositis – a second condition that is also due to excess production of leaven in the body. Often, it can be difficult to tell if your condition is due to your false teeth or not, as the signs can don’t always manifest themselves. When signs are apparent, tiny reddish coloured lumps may be visible on the ceiling of your mouth or your mouth may display an unusual reddishness, particularly underneath your dentures.
The good news is that both of these diseases can be remedied with medical treatment and correct oral care.