Thursday, April 15, 2010

There are More Problems with Dentures Than you Might Think

There are those who assume that all of their dental problems will be over after they have their teeth extracted and replaced with dentures. What they do not realize is that while there are genuine medical and cosmetic benefits derived from dentures, there are also just as many problems with dentures.

One of the first problems with dentures that people notice is difficulty eating. Eating will take much longer sue to the fact that you can only bite down with about 15% to 20% of normal force when eating with dentures.

There are also many foods that you will have difficulty eating. This is especially true for fruits and vegetables, which are very important to your overall nutrition and health.

The taste of food is also altered by upper dentures, especially, because they cover the taste buds on the roof of your mouth.

Two other problems with dentures include gagging and sore spots. Some people with a strong and active gag reflex often find it impossible to wear upper dentures. Even without an active gag reflex, dentures can cause sore spots to develop in the mouth because the tissues here were never intended to have plastic continually rubbing against them.

The most serious problem with dentures is the loss of the jawbone. The jawbone depends on vibrations that come through the tooth roots to maintain its vitality, shape, and overall health. When teeth are missing, the jawbone does not get the stimulation it needs from chewing, and the bone begins to shrink. This will cause your dentures to become loose. After a few months, you will have to come back to our office to have it reline, and every so often, we have to make an entirely new set of dentures to maintain a proper fit.

This is really a bad problem with lower dentures. The base for the denture is smaller to begin with, and as the loss of bone flattens the jaw, there is very little to hold it in place. Even worse, the shrinkage can expose nerves that pass through the lower jaw, so the jaw hurts and can go numb every time you bite down.

The loss of jawbone also changes your appearance. Your nose gets closer to your chin and your lips collapse. This causes wrinkles, gives you less lip support, and makes you look older.

The expense is an unforeseen, but nevertheless very unpleasant problem with dentures. Relinement and readjustment costs money, as do denture replacements. Your tooth replacements that you thought would be cheap turn out to be more expensive in the long run if you use them for anything other than a temporary solution to missing teeth while you wait to be ready for dental implants.

Honestly, dental implants are by far the best way to go if you can afford them, qualify for financial assistance, and if you are in proper health to receive them.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Denture Relinment and Replacement Ensures Proper Denture Functionality and Aesthetics

Proper fit is essential for dentures to work. Periodically, adjustments and relinements have to be made in order to maintain proper fit. This is because new dentures are made to fit properly at first, but as tissues in your mouth change

New dentures are made to fit properly, but as the tissues in your mouth change over time, your dentures will need to be adjusted, relined, and eventually replaced.

One of the reasons that dentures sometimes need to be adjusted is to relieve the sore spots that develop in the mouth. These adjustments are made in the dentist office.

Relinement of dentures is needed when the denture fit becomes noticeably changed over time. This change in fit is caused by your jaw bone receding. The jaw naturally and continually shrinks when natural teeth are missing. Unfortunately, nothing short of dental implants can stop this. Many people lose up to 60% of their original jawbone mass in the first three years after getting dentures.

Many bad habits can also affect denture fit. Sleeping with your dentures in can cause you to grind your teeth and clench your jaw. This can accelerate shrinkage. Weight loss or weight gain can also affect the shape of your gums.

Once this affects how the base of your dentures fit the surface of your gums, you will need to get a relinement for a better fit. This will probably be within the first several months after you receive your new dentures. This cycle of denture relinement will need to be continued for the life of your dentures.

Denture replacement will have to be arranged every 5 to 10 years or so. This is because your mouth will have changed so much by that time that your old dentures simply will not fit any longer. In some instances, old denture teeth can be fit in a new base. In other instances, we may have to make an entirely new base with all new denture teeth.

You may realize that your denture needs to be replaced when you notice any of the following problems:

You get your dentures relined, but that does not improve the fit.
Your mouth is always sore and irritated.
Your face changes.
You have difficulty chewing certain foods.
Your dentures fall out when you laugh or talk.
The denture teeth become worn, or the denture is broken.
You have headaches or pain in your jaw joints or neck.

Although relinement and replacement are never fun for denture patients, the importance of a good fit cannot be underestimated. When dentures do not fit well, they become loose, and the areas around them become prone to infections, sores, and excess scar tissue. Poorly fitted dentures will make chewing more difficult and affect how much your jaw muscles and joints function.

Dentures that are consistently relined and maintained at a proper degree of fit prevent these problems. They also keep your appearance looking good.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Why You Need Denture Relinement

New dentures are made to fit your mouth. Over time, however, the tissues in your mouth shift and you will need to have your dentures adjusted. This process is called denture relinement.

Adjustment
New dentures frequently require adjustment to relieve the sore spots that can develop in your mouth. It takes your mouth tissues some getting used to the new plastic prosthesis now functioning as teeth replacements. These adjustments can usually be made in our office. Just call us for an appointment.

Denture Relinement
Dentures have to be relined to compensate for the change in fit that will occur over time. The main reason that this change in fit occurs is because the bone in your jaw continually shrinks when you are missing your natural teeth. It is a statistical fact that during the first three years you will probably lose 40%-60% of your jawbone.

On top of this, certain habits like sleeping with your dentures in and clenching your jaw will accelerate this shrinkage. If you lose or gain weight, this also will change the contours of your gums.

What all these changes mean for you is that several months after you have received your new dentures, you will need denture relinement to regain the original fit.

Denture Replacement
Denture relinement is not a permanent solution to the problem of deteriorating jawbone mass. As your mouth continues to change, your original dentures simply do not fit any more. In many ways, this is like outgrowing an old set of clothes. You have to get new ones.

Every 5-10 years, your mouth will have changed so much by that time that you will have to have your dentist make new dentures for you. Sometimes we can take the actual denture teeth and simply transfer them to a new denture base. This can save you some money if we are able to do it.

In other instances, however, the teeth will have worn so much by that time that we will simply have to make an entirely new set of dentures for you.

You will realize that you need denture replacement when any of the following occurs:

• You get a denture relinement and it does not improve the fit.
• Your mouth feels constantly irritated or sore.
• You notice the appearance of your face changing.
• You have trouble chewing certain foods.
• Your dentures fall out when you talk or laugh
• Your denture teeth become worn.
• Your denture breaks.
• You start having headaches or feeling pain in your jaw joints or neck.

The Importance of Good Denture Fit
You need dentures that fit will because loose or badly-fitting dentures can cause sores, mouth infections, and excess scar tissue in the mouth. If your dentures fit poorly they will make it harder for you to chew and will alter how your jaw muscles and jaw joints function.

A denture relinement or denture replacement is needed to improve the comfort and appearance of your denture.

Regular denture care will help keep your dentures looking good and working well.

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