6 Points to Healthy Dentures

Natural teeth replacements in the mouth are referred to as dentures. They can be for a single tooth or for multiple teeth, and either removable or fixed. They can take their support from an adjacent tooth or an implant or rest on the bone. Here are a few points to keep in mind for those who have removable dentures – complete (replacing all teeth), or partial (replacing only a few) :

  • If you get sore spots soon after getting your denture, like within a few days time, it would probably be due to any rough edges or high points on the denture. Your dentist will be able to smooth them out for you.
  • Keeping your dentures clean, should be an essential part of your daily routine. It is equally important to ensure your gums and palate are clean and plaque-free. Painful inflammation of the mucosa of the mouth often occur associated with improperly cleaned dentures.
  • Another common reason for inflammation is frictional irritation, caused by your denture. This is often due to a loosely fitting denture. It can lead to ulceration of the mucosa in the long run. Rebasing or relining of your old denture, maybe all that is required at times, to ensure a good fit. If it does not get corrected, you may have to opt for a new denture.
  • Do not ignore any white, frothy precipitation on the mucosa under or around your dentures. There could be associated soreness. This is commonly the symptom of a candidial infection in the area, and you may require anti-fungal medications to heal the lesion.
  • If the corners of your mouth appear dry, cracked or ulcerated, you will need to visit your dentist. This condition could be caused by a nutritional deficiency or by an alteration in the dimensions of the bones in your upper or lower jaws.
  • Remember to remove your dentures at night to ensure proper blood supply to all areas in your mouth. Keep them in a closed container, immersed in water when you are not using them.

Do you wear dentures? What do you do to take care of them? Or are you having trouble with them? Share your concerns here.

2 Responses to “6 Points to Healthy Dentures”

  1. Dr. Daniel Wolter March 2, 2012 at 11:48 pm #

    Great tips. One often over-looked problem is uneven wear of the upper and lower denture teeth against each other. Even more dramatic is the wear and tear when denture teeth oppose natural teeth or porcelain restorations. If this happens over time, the denture will rock while chewing, chewing efficiency will be reduced, and sore spots are sure to follow. Since patients can’t examine or adjust their bite by themselves, it’s important to have your dentures examined by a dentist at least once a year. Having the upper and lower teeth fit properly will improve comfort and increase biting and chewing. It will also help with denture mobility and protect your underlying soft tissues from soreness and ulcers. So, even if you don’t have any natural teeth, seeing a dentist regularly is a great idea!

  2. Alot of denture wearers believe there should be some discomfort and just have to deal with it. That should not be the case. Good post.

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