More than 20 million people wear dentures. Dentures are an excellent alternative to replace missing teeth and provide a natural smile for people who wear them. Occasionally, dentures may present a problem in the mouth. Here are some common problems caused by dentures and what to do about them.
Loose Dentures – due to aging, gums and jawbone may shrink and cause the dentures to loosen. To combat this, chewing solid foods and ensuring that your diet is rich in vitamins and minerals will help the recession of your jawbone. When dentures become loose, make sure to come in to see if they need to be repaired or replaced.
Dentures Irritate the Gums – if dentures rub and irritate the gums, the problem may be a poor fit or improper cleaning between the dentures and the gums. Adjustments may need to be made in the office in order for the dentures to better fit your mouth. Be sure to clean the dentures daily to keep bacteria and debris from irritating the gums.
Speech Changes – teeth play an essential role in the ability to talk. Slurred speech and talking with a lisp are common while dentures are new, but should alleviate quickly. If the speech issues don’t improve, come in for an evaluation and a possible adjustment.
Loss of Suction – dentures often loosen over time due to natural processes, bone degeneration, or teeth grinding. A common fix for this problem is to develop a lower partial denture for the back teeth. If the lack of suction is bad, adhesive offers a temporary solution until a new denture can be made.
Dentures should be comfortable and boost your confidence. If you are experiencing any problems, the skilled team of dentists at Georgia Denture & Implant Specialists can help. We specialize in dentures and take pride in 100% customer satisfaction. If you are having trouble with your dentures or you are considering dentures for the first time, call us for a free consultation.