Tooth loss is inevitable as a person grows older. It is a good thing that dentures were invented to remedy this issue during senescence. However, since dentures, or false teeth, are man-made devices, the human body is not used to them, and oral health issues may arise when they are used.
The short guide below lists the different problems experienced when using dentures, and the corresponding solutions to each issue:
1. Mouth Infections like Stomatitis and Cheilitis
Stomatitis is a yeast infection characterized by small reddish bumps on soft tissue inside the mouth, while cheilitis is the painful inflammation that occurs in the mouth. These infections commonly occur if you are wearing dentures that do not fit properly.
This problem is easily treated with medication prescribed by your dentist, along with correct denture care.
2. Dentures Move in your Mouth
Dentures are designed to mimic the appearance and function of natural teeth. However, if your dentures are ill-fitted, they tend to move around your mouth. Denture adhesives may not be enough to glue them to your gum line if that is the case.
The best solution to this problem is to go back to your dentist, and have your dentures refitted.
3. Difficulty Speaking and Eating
It will take some time to get used to wearing dentures. Having a set of false teeth attached to your gums will make you lisp, and unable to enunciate well. Eating with new dentures on can also be difficult since you are not used to the strength, and effect of having new teeth.
An easy solution to denture problems while eating is to do it slowly. Make sure to chew the food properly. Treat the experience like a child: start with eating soft food like jelly or eggs, proceed to food with medium consistency, and chew from both sides of the dentures. Also remember not to eat foods with sticky consistency as they tend to get stuck on the false teeth, and may cause the dentures to slip out of position.
If you experience speaking difficulties while wearing new dentures, the best solution is to practice saying words aloud in a slow manner. Over time, your mouth and palate will adjust to the dental appliance, and you can speak without any issues.
4. Gum Irritation
Aside from mouth infections, irritation in the gum line can also occur from wearing dentures. This can lead to redness and sores in the gums.
To prevent this, always make sure to clean your dentures using warm water or denture cleaner every day. Also, remember to clean your tongue well, massage your gums regularly, and never sleep with your dentures on unless specifically approved by your dentist.
The most common denture problems can be easily prevented by following basic oral hygiene practices. For other denture problems, make sure to contact your dentist since your dentures will most likely need to be refitted.