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Cosmetic dentistry: What are the Common Complications with Dentures?

By August 15, 2014 No Comments

Cosmetic dentures are an economical way to replace one or more missing teeth. Complete dentures replace all of the teeth in a jaw while partial dentures can replace one or several. Implants and bridges are often preferred methods of replacing teeth due to the known disadvantages of dentures. However there are still many patients who elect to have dentures for various reasons and must cope with their limitations.

Poor Fit

A denture that fits toot tightly often leads to sore spots. These can be adjusted by a dentist until the fit becomes more comfortable. This process may take several visits as a new sore spot may arise in a different location. A denture that fits too loosely will move too much during eating and speaking. Although there is always a small degree of movement in a denture, it should be able to stay in place during normal function. The dentist and patient may reline the denture to get a better fit. If the dentures are still loose, they may elect to use adhesives such as pastes and pads to increase retention. Depending on the amount and shape of remaining bone, the patient may always struggle with a loose fit.

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Infections

Dentures are porous and can harbor bacteria and other organisms. They should be taken out at night and soaked in a special solution specifically made for dentures. They should also be brushed to remove excess debris. If dentures are left in for too long the patient may get an infection. The most common infection is called denture stomatitis and appears as bright red, sore gum tissue. When a denture isn’t taken out at night, the gum tissue is deprived of oxygen. This leads to a hyperactive growth of fungus that causes the tissue irritation. Fortunately this is usually easily cured with anti-fungal medications and proper denture hygiene practices.

Difficulty Speaking and Eating

Although dentures may look like teeth and gums they don’t feel and behave like them. Speaking and eating will be different and most patients are able to adapt to the change. However it is possible for the denture to be made in such a way that normal function is unattainable. Patients may notice their teeth clicking, the TMJ may become sore, “S” sounds may produce a lisp, and other complications with eating and speaking have been documented. A dentist who is making a denture will look for these signs at try-in visits and eliminate the problem. If these complications arise after the denture has been made it is still possible to make adjustments.

General Discomfort

Some patients never get used to wearing a denture. They may dislike the feeling of wearing a prosthesis. They may have a strong gag reflex that is triggered by the denture. They may notice their sense of taste has been altered. They may psychologically dislike the idea of wearing “false teeth.” In these cases the dentist can present alternative treatment plans that can alleviate the patient’s concerns. Dental implants london and bridges can replace missing teeth without having to rest on the gums. The new prosthesis can be fixed in place, meaning it isn’t removed daily and more closely resembles the original teeth.

Discomfort with dentures is not uncommon. They are an inexpensive way to replace some or all of the teeth in the jaw but this comes at a price. Although many patients can eventually become comfortable with dentures they require adjustments and regular maintenance….read more

Alternatively, we recommend the use as little as two dental implants london fitted by our specialist implant dentist that can eliminate much of the above common complications. For more information, please contact us.

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