Common Denture Problems And How To Deal With Them

Common Denture Problems And How To Deal With Them

Dentures are designed to improve the life of the wearer by allowing them to eat, speak, and smile as though they have all of their natural teeth. But dentures are not natural teeth and they may feel different than you are used to. Dentures can take some adjusting to as well as some continual maintenance in order to ensure good denture fit and comfort. If you are having any problems with your dentures, you can always speak with your denturist and work together to find the best solution. If you are experiencing any of the problems listed below, you can try some simple solutions to help improve your denture-wearing experience.


Problems And Solutions For Dentures

The Problem: Sore Spots
The Solution:
If your mouth is developing sores, your denture is likely ill-fitted. A denture that doesn’t fit properly will rub against some areas of your mouth and create blister-like sores or raw skin. To help your dentures fit better, get a denture adjustment or reline from your denturist. Sores in your mouth can also be caused by insufficient oral hygiene. Unhealthy gums can swell and cause various complications, including sore spots where inflamed gums rub on the dentures. Remember to continue brushing your gums and keep your mouth clean even if you have no natural teeth. Learn how to care for your gums as a denture wearer by reading How To Take Care Of Your Gums If You Are A Denture Wearer

The Problem: Difficulty Eating
The Solution: When dentures are new, it will take some time to adjust to eating. Try eating slowly and start with soft foods. Once you get used to eating with dentures, you should be able to eat fairly normally, although you will still want to avoid very hard foods, such as almonds, and very sticky foods, such as toffee. If you have been wearing dentures for a while and are just now having difficulties eating, you may need to get your dentures adjusted so they fit properly. You can also try to use denture adhesives to help improve the denture fit and keep dentures in place. To make eating more comfortable, avoid foods with seeds such as raspberries, as these can get under the denture and cause gum irritation.

The Problem: Subdued Taste
The Solution: Did you know the roof of the mouth and the back of the throat also have taste buds? This can be slightly limiting for people who wear full dentures, as the top denture covers the roof of the mouth in order to suction into place. This can make your sense of taste slightly less sensitive and can make food seem a bit blander. If you’re finding your food doesn’t have enough taste, try adding more seasonings that don’t include salt. Some full denture wearers like to add more salt to their food to make up for lost flavour, but this can lead to higher blood pressure. Instead, try to use healthier flavouring agents such as garlic, black pepper, and fresh herbs. Another potential solution is to consider denture implants, as these are implanted into the jaw and do not cover the top palate of the mouth.

The Problem: Stigma
The Solution: Some people associate dentures with advanced age or feelings of being unable to do things independently that they used to do. You might feel embarrassed if your dentures move or if you need to take them out to rinse any seeds away. The truth of the matter is that life expectancy is increasing and lots of people either currently need, or will eventually need, dentures. Beyond this, some young people also need dentures, whether full dentures or partial dentures. If you feel self-conscious about needing dentures, remember that modern dentures are made to look incredibly realistic and that denture implants are also an option. These dentures are permanently placed and essentially function like natural teeth. Remember that dentures are a medical advancement to help you live your best life and continue to eat, speak, and smile with confidence.


Dentures In Calgary

If you are experiencing any issues with your dentures, speak with a professional Calgary denturist. Your denturist will be able to fix issues with the dentures themselves and they can give you tips about how to adjust to this new part of your life. At Future Smiles Denture Clinic in Calgary, our staff strives to not only create high-quality dentures, but to educate our patients so that they can feel comfortable, confident, and knowledgeable about their own oral health and dentures. If your dentures do not feel right for any reason, speak with our Calgary denturist and we can perform a denture reline to perfectly fit your dentures to your mouth. To speak with the team at Future Smiles Denture Clinic in Calgary, you can visit the SW Calgary Denture clinic on Macleod or the NE Calgary location in Coral Springs. To book a free consultation with our Calgary Denturist, call 1-403-475-0016 or fill out the online contact form.



Q: How can I help keep my dentures comfortable?
A: Dentures will need relines over time as the shape of your jaw changes, but there are some ways you can keep your dentures as comfortable as possible. Make sure you clean your dentures and gums every night, take your dentures out at night to let your gums breathe, and keep your dentures in water when they are not in use, for a start. Read Caring For Your Dentures: A Step By Step Guide to learn more about denture care

Q: Can dentures break?
A: Yes, they can. Any of the teeth of dentures can crack, often from biting something too hard, but it is more common for the base (the part of the denture that looks like the gums) to break. This often happens due to dropping the dentures. If the base of dentures becomes damaged, take it to your denturist for a denture rebase. To learn more about denture damage, read Common Causes Of Denture Damage.

Q: I’m looking for affordable denture solutions. What options do I have?
A: At Future Smiles Dentures Clinic, we know that Calgarians are looking for low-cost, stress-free denture payment plans. This is why we offer affordable denture solutions, including direct billing and financing.

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Vlad Dumbrava

Vlad Dumbrava has been active in the field of denture therapy since 2008. Upon receiving his denturist degree in 2011 from George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario, he continued his education in Medical Sciences at Western University.

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