FIVE MOST COMMON MYTHS ABOUT DENTURES
MYTH #1: Once I have full dentures, I don’t need to visit my denture clinic anymore.
There is a fallacy that states that you do not require the services of a dental technician or a dentist once you receive your new dentures.
The reality is that dentures can cause issues despite the fact that they do not decay like natural teeth. However, just like natural teeth, dentures can develop gaps and spaces that can allow for bacteria and plaque.
These can offer a space for saliva to form which in turn can lead to the growth of fungi and bacteria. Bacteria and fungi that cause infections can thrive in this kind of environment and could cause further damage to your gum’s health. In the absence of proper maintenance, the acrylic which is created using a porous material can be infected with yeast and bacteria.
It has also been observed that individuals who are suffering a decline in their mobility as they advance in years, can also find it difficult to maintain clean dentures.
Where there are no teeth to preserve, the alveolar bone levels of your jaws, the shape and height of your gum ridges will experience gradual deterioration over time and this will have an adverse effect on the fitting of your dentures.
With time, even well-fitted dentures can lose their stability and become unattached as you use them. Dentures must be checked by a qualified dental technician regularly to make sure they are fitting and performing as they should.
MYTH #2: I don’t need to worry about dental hygiene since I have no teeth.
The importance of oral health cannot be ignored even in the absence of teeth to brush. It is critical to maintaining excellent hygiene that you take care of various formations in your mouth because they help to keep your tongue and gums healthy.
The tongue is laced with finger-like elements also known as filiform papillae which enable us to control food while we chew and swallow. Regrettably, the presence of warm and wet crevices on the tongue can also offer a cosy abode for dead cells, food leftovers, and bacteria. Bad breath is often caused by a dirty tongue.
It is a known fact that food debris accompanied with bacteria in the oral cavity or located on your dentures’ surface can create gum diseases if proper care is not taken.
Another factor responsible for the defect in the fitting of your dentures is gum infection; it could hasten the loss of your alveolar bone. You must ensure your dentures are removed and cleaned regularly each day to get rid of bacteria and germs that have created their abode in your mouth.
With the use of a soft bristle toothbrush, you can maintain good oral health by brushing your tongue and gums two times in a day.
You can also apply a calm circular and massage action to assist you in the cleaning of your mouth as well as improve the circulation of blood. A tongue scraper can act as a perfect substitute if you do not like brushing your tongue.
MYTH #3: My dentures will last forever.
Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever in real-life. There is no doubt that the artificial teeth on your denture will show signs of weakness and chip after being used over an extended period.
When your set of artificial teeth are weak, cutting and chewing food will become more complicated. Having a chipped denture will diminish the number of teeth displayed which can make you less attractive.
Having chipped teeth can also cause damage to the soft tissues located in your mouth.
As time goes by, you will realize that your dentures are becoming loose after use and their application will be causing damage instead of support when you are eating; you will have to cope with wear and stains when using dentures. When dentures are not properly fitted, they can allow food to be concealed under the denture. Since the biting force is not correctly distributed, a fracture is inevitable. These symptoms are obvious signs that your denture is not properly designed or fitted.
Dentures that are not properly fitted can cause damage to the soft tissue and contribute to the contraction of the residual gum ridge. Persistent damage to the oral soft tissues from an unattached denture can also lead to painful oral ulcers. The development of precancerous lesions have been identified as possibly being linked to chronic ulcers.
When dentures are appropriately maintained, they could last for at least five to seven years. To maintain a strong and stable denture, there may be a need for replacement as there is likely to be a sudden change in the general health of the individual or the lessening of gum ridges.
MYTH #4: Denture wear is inconvenient and affects my lifestyle.
Though dentures may not offer the level of comfort as do natural teeth, their use should not bring about any anguish, pain or discomfort. The essence of dentures is to assist in chewing, allow normal speech, and to maintain an attractive personal presentation.
It can take a few weeks for some people to become familiar with their new dentures. The first reaction of your gums to these dentures may be a little uncomfortable at first but will pass very quickly as you become used to them. This can be speeded up by return visits to your denture clinic to make any necessary adjustments.
Most people who try dentures for the first time may experience a slightly altered speech, but this can be easily resolved by speaking in a slower manner in the first few weeks. You will be surprised how quickly the muscles of your face and tongue will adjust to the newly installed denture and your speech will be better as you continue to use it.
Also, the use of denture adhesives is not a compulsory requirement, as is most commonly thought. However, if you are persistently feeling that your dentures are loose or about to fall out, then it is important for you to see a properly qualified CDT to ensure your dentures are properly fitted.
MYTH #5: I can repair my own dentures.
Tempting though it may be, you will most likely cause further damage to yourself and your dentures if you think you can mend a broken denture – either by filing them down or with the use of super glue.
It is important to understand that super glue contains a number of toxic elements that can be very harmful to your oral health. It’s use can lead to soft tissue inflammation, allergic reactions and even poisoning. The use of super glue on your dentures is to be avoided at all costs.
Naturally, the most advisable course of action is that you see your denture specialist as soon as possible. They are better qualified in making effective and long lasting repairs, and many dental technicians now offer denture repairs the same day.
This blog post was provided by Smiles & More – clinics in Warrington, Widnes, Wirral & Chester.