For those who suffer from missing teeth, dentures are a great option to restore dental function, but when dentures are ill-fitting, they can be more cumbersome and painful than they’re worth. Properly fitting dentures are imperative to proper dental function and comfort. If you believe your dentures are ill-fitting, schedule a consultation with Fort Worth dentist Steve Brown. In the meantime, learn the signs of ill-fitting dentures with this overview.
Pain and Discomfort
Denture pain and discomfort is the biggest sign of ill-fitting dentures. Properly fitting dentures shouldn’t be painful but should fit comfortably during daily use. Ill-fitting dentures can cause pain for a number of reasons. Slipping and sliding dentures can cause gum irritation. The tongue and cheeks may also become sore from constantly trying to keep the dentures in place.
Oral sores may develop from poorly fitting dentures. Sores are often a result of the friction of dentures rubbing back and forth within the mouth. Oral sores caused by dentures can make eating painful both from the repeated rubbing of the dentures and from food and drinks coming into contact with wounds. It is important to treat these sores to avoid oral infections.
Difficulty With Speaking
Ill-fitting dentures can slip and slide, making speaking difficult. The most common speech problem for those who suffer with ill-fitting dentures is slurred speech. Another speech issue is speaking through a clenched mouth. When dentures fit loosely, it can cause the wearer to clench their mouth to try to keep the dentures from falling out while talking.
Changes In Weight
Ill-fitting dentures can affect weight by making it painful to eat. Some denture wearers may skip meals due to the pain of eating, causing weight loss. In some cases, patients may gain weight due to ill-fitting dentures. This is common among those who opt for eating soft, fatty foods like ice cream to avoid the chewing needed for healthier foods like broccoli or apples.
Correcting Ill-Fitting Dentures
In some cases, ill-fitting dentures can be more detrimental to oral health than not wearing dentures. Ill-fitting dentures can make eating and speaking difficult and frustrating, as well as cause constant mouth sores, which are vulnerable to infection. If you suffer from ill-fitting dentures, it is important to have the problem corrected. Properly fitting dentures allow people with missing teeth to eat in comfort and smile with confidence. Correction of ill-fitting dentures requires the expertise of a dentist. Sometimes, dentures are easily fixed with minor filing; in other cases, new dentures will need to be made.
You can help improve your denture wearing experience by having your dentist check the fit of your dentures, using dental adhesives to reduce sliding, or choosing implant-supported dentures. Implant-supported dentures use three to five dental implants to secure the dentures in place. Implant-supported dentures eliminate the problem of slipping and sliding and allow denture wearers to eat their favorite foods without fear of the dentures dislodging.
Schedule a Consultation
Dentures shouldn’t be painful or cumbersome. They should allow you to eat in comfort and to smile with confidence. To learn more about dental implants and how to manage denture pain, schedule a consultation with Dr. Brown.