Why don’t my dentures fit anymore?

Dentures are an excellent option for those who want to replace a few or all of their missing teeth. With their help, people can improve chewing and biting, keep remaining teeth safe, improve appearance and more. (1)

There are situations when dentures can become poorly fitting. There is more than one reason why people can experience something like this. First of all, they can be badly made. For instance, the dental technician might be inexperienced, or maybe the dentures were made from low-quality materials. Furthermore, the oral cavity is changing which is a result of the process of aging. So, aging can affect dentures too. In some cases, it is the actions of a wearer that lead to denture problems. For example, if you are not taking good care of your dentures (regular cleaning and brushing), your dentures will become weaker and ill-fitting. These are the main reasons for poor fitting.

Some tell-tale symptoms of ill-fitting dentures

The most common sign of ill-fitting dentures is denture slip. People feel that they can’t keep the dentures in place. In some cases, people don’t notice these movements, but they will soon witness the emergence of sores. When dentures are moving they are rubbing against the gums which leads to sores. This is a painful experience, but the pain that comes as a result of ill-fitting dentures can be attributed to the fact that the pressure that the denture causes in the mouth is uneven in specific parts. In addition, some other tell-tale symptoms of ill-fitting dentures include difficulties with the cleaning process, eating problems and infections that are related to the dentures.

Problems associated with poor dentures

Once people start noticing that they dentures don’t fit anymore, they can expect a wide array of problems. Some of them can lose confidence because they will feel bad about themselves. But, what’s even worse is that people can experience many health problems too. From headaches and oral infections and inflammations (this is one of the causes of denture-related stomatitis) to eating problems and speech problems – these are just some of the many health issues linked to poor dentures. (2)

What can people do to avoid problems like this?

If you want to avoid these things from happening you should do some research and choose the right dental technician for this job. Look for dental technicians with experience in this field. Of course, the dental technician must have good reputation and background too. In addition, you should use the dentures as instructed. Needless to say, you must clean and maintain them on a regular basis. Finally, it would be best if you eat soft foods, speak slowly, and avoid toothpicks.
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There are situations when wearers are doing their best to prevent ill-fitting dentures, but they still can’t stop this occurrence. The best thing that you should do when you notice that something is not right with your denture and that it doesn’t fit anymore is to consult your dental technician. They will check what’s going on in your mouth and suggest a long-lasting solution. It is very likely that the dentures will have to be modified or adjusted. In some cases, they will be replaced by the dental technician.

  1. http://www.healthcentre.org.uk/dentistry/dentures-benefits.html
  2. http://www.eaom.eu/pdf/content/denture_related_stomatitis.pdf