»Common Denture Problems
If you wear dentures, it is very important you keep your mouth clean and healthy. Cleaning your dentures at least once a day to remove food and plaque will help. If you don’t, plaque and bacteria can form on them leading to oral health problems. You should also only wear dentures that fit you properly, otherwise you may experience some or all of the following problems:
- Gum and mouth irritation, including sore spots.
- Problems when eating, which can lead to a poor diet causing other health problems including severe indigestion.
- Difficulty in speaking and pronouncing words.
- Dentures that are loose and move around in your mouth.
- Mouth infections.
»Badly Fitting Dentures | Ill Fitting Dentures | Denture Problems
One of the most common denture problems is badly fitting dentures or ill fitting dentures. This can be because:
- You may have had your dentures for a long time and the shape of your gums have changed and your dentures do not fit you correctly anymore. Your dentures have now become loose and ill fitting and rub against your gums causing you pain.
- You may be suffering from dry mouth.
If you have badly fitting dentures, ill fitting dentures or you are suffering from loose dentures, we would recommend you visit a Clinical Dental Technician and either have new dentures provided or adjusting your existing dentures may be necessary.
»Dry Mouth | Denture Problems
Adequate amounts of saliva are very important and essential to denture wearers. Saliva helps create suction between the base of your denture and the ridge of gum tissue on which your denture sits. Saliva also acts as a lubricant to prevent irritation and abrasion to your gum tissue that comes in contact with your dentures.
Dry mouth (Xerostomia) may lead to loose dentures, irritation, sores and possible infection for denture wearers.
»Managing a Dry Mouth
Dry mouth may make eating more difficult and wearing dentures uncomfortable. To relieve the dryness sip water or sugar free drinks more often. Avoid drinks which dry out the mouth including alcohol, tobacco and drinks with caffeine. Chew sugar free gum or sweets to stimulate saliva flow.
If you're using a type of medication where dry mouth may be a side effect, please consult your Doctor to check if there is an acceptable alternative medicine that doesn't produce dry mouth as a side effect. Please do not stop using your prescribed medication without first checking with the Doctor who prescribed you the medication.
There are some saliva substitute products that can keep your mouth moist and more lubricated. These include toothpastes, rinses, gels and sprays.
»Increased Saliva Production | Denture Problems
If you have recently been fitted with new dentures, you might find you are producing more saliva, which can affect your speech; this is because your mouth thinks your new dentures are food. This inconvenience is short term, which will be resolved once your mouth becomes accustomed to your new dentures. We recommend swallowing more regularly and sipping water more often. Or alternatively, try sucking on a boiled sweet or mint.
»Gagging | Denture Problems
A gag reflex can be trigggered either because your upper dentures are extended too far into your palate or because they are too thick. This can easily be solved by reducing the overall thickness of your dentures and the over extended part of your denture can trimmed back. However, this gagging feeling when you are wearing your upper dentures can sometimes be caused by psychological reasons and this is difficult to solve. In this instance it may be advisable to be assessed for denture implants.
»Sore Spots | Denture Problems | Treating Dentures Problems
If you are experiencing problems with your dentures, please contact us.