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Denture problems – what should you do about them?

Denture problems – what should you do about them?

Are you having denture problems?  Are your dentures ill-fitting or causing you discomfort?  When was the last time you could eat what you enjoy with confidence?  If you’re struggling with your dentures, Springside Dental Practice may be able to help you.

Strong and healthy teeth help us look and feel good – so it’s no surprise that losing teeth and facing a lifetime of full or partial dentures can seriously affect our happiness and self-confidence.

The best solution for missing teeth is dental implants.  Placed directly into the jawbone, they’re a permanent, secure option to replace missing teeth and can help avoid common denture problems.  However, dental implants aren’t always suitable for everyone.

So, if you are experiencing problems with your dentures, what should you do?  We outline the denture problems we see the most, and explain what you can do about them.

Unstable, loose dentures

Many people think having teeth taken out will be the end of their dental problems, but it’s not always that straightforward.  Bone shrinks once your teeth are removed, which means your jawline constantly changes.  That’s the main reason dentures become loose and unstable with time.  If your dentures drop whilst eating, if they move around and cause pain and irritation, you will probably feel very self-conscious as well as experiencing discomfort.  Make an appointment to visit us and get your dentures checked out.

Pain and soreness

Dentures which slip and move about on your gums can cause pain and soreness.  This can be a particular problem when you first start to wear your dentures.  Make sure you use a good denture adhesive to keep your dentures firmly in place.  Try rinsing your mouth with a mild salt solution whilst you get used to your dentures, but if the soreness continues, see your dentist straight away.  You may need to have your dentures adjusted, or get new ones.

Lack of confidence wearing dentures

If your dentures don’t fit well, you might worry that you can’t rely on them staying in place whilst you eat, smile or talk.  You may worry that the fixtures and clasps keeping partial dentures in place are visible, revealing the fact you’re wearing dentures to other people.  Lack of confidence when wearing dentures is a common denture problem.  Many of these problems can be overcome with adjustments to your dentures, or you may wish to consider dental implants.

Dental implants can solve common denture problems

If you’re experiencing any of these common denture problems, it might be time to consider dental implants.  They’re permanent, strong and reliable tooth replacements which can replace individual teeth, or as a way of securing partial dentures.  They’re a more natural fit than dentures, and can last a lifetime with proper care.

If you are considering dental implants, our sister practice, James Main Dental Practice, based in Glastonbury, has a great deal of experience in implant dentistry.  Dr James Main has been treating implant patients for over 10 years and has placed over 900 implants.

If you would like to discuss any issues with your dentures, or would like to find out more about dental implants, please contact Springside Dental Practice on 01460 61671.