How Poorly Fitted Dentures Can Cause Long Term Damage
At the Denture and Implant Centre, we help people resolve discomfort and pain as a result of poorly fitted dentures every day. Often, these people have no idea that their poorly fitted dentures can cause long-term negative effects on their health.
In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the consequences of poorly fitted dentures and how we can solve them so you can get back to living without discomfort.
Common Problems Caused by Poorly Fitted Dentures
Your Dentures Can Slip or Fall Out
With an improper fit, your dentures are much more likely to come loose or fall out of your mouth.
This is a common fear for many people who wear dentures — nobody wants to have their dentures fall out while eating a meal or enjoying a conversation with a friend.
This fear can cause you to skip out on social situations and miss out on valuable time with friends and family.
If your dentures often feel like they’re on the verge of coming loose, you likely need an adjustment.
Food Particles Getting Trapped
One of the main problems caused by an improper fit is food getting stuck in between your gums and dentures. When food gets trapped, it can lead to inflammation in the gums which can be painful and uncomfortable.
Trapped food can also cause plaque to build up. Plaque is a soft and sticky film that is home to millions of tiny bacteria. If left untreated, plaque can lead to infections and gum disease.
Once plaque starts to build up, it can be difficult to remove.
Even with a properly fitted denture and regular cleanings, people may experience some buildup of plaque — this problem becomes much more severe when your dentures don’t fit right.
Ill-Fitting Dentures Can Cause Bone Resorption
When you lose teeth, your body starts to think that it no longer needs the support of your jaw bone where your teeth once were. As a result, your jawbone begins to shrink which can make you look older than you actually are.
This process is known as “bone resorption” and the effects are permanent.
As we mentioned above, poorly fitted dentures can cause inflammation in the jaw. Inflammation in the jaw leads to a faster rate of bone resorption — the more your jaw shrinks, the worse your dentures will fit.
You May Have Trouble Eating the Foods You Want
If your dentures don’t fit properly, you may find that it’s painful or difficult to eat certain foods.
This may cause you to only partially chew your food and swallow much larger pieces than you normally would.
Swallowing large pieces of food can lead to indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux, and other digestive issues.
If you’re having frequent digestive issues, you may be less inclined to eat the foods you enjoy. You shouldn’t be missing out on meals due to a poorly fitted denture.
How The Denture & Implant Centre Can Help
Almost all of these issues can be resolved with an adjustment or new dentures. At the Denture and Implant Centre, we want our patients to be happy and comfortable every day.
If you’re experiencing any of the problems above, it may be time to see our denture specialists. Schedule an appointment with us today!