While using dentures takes some adjusting, you wouldn’t normally view them as a dental problem. After all, dentures function to restore oral health by replacing missing teeth, right? How could a mere prosthetic become a source of concern?
Unfortunately, dentures cause real health problems when they fit poorly. To see how that’s the case, read this guide to five common complications of ill-fitting dentures by your local Dallas dentist. Take note of the relevant symptoms and consider if your dentures need some fine-tuning!
Ill-fitting dentures often lead to soreness by irritating or inflaming your gums. Said soreness is further aggravated by TMD, also known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction. The latter, in particular, causes pain and restricted movement in the jaw joint, as well as the surrounding muscle and tissue. Consequently, it generates gum irritation as well, which can be quite painful when allowed to progress.
#2: Swollen Gums
Poorly fit dentures usually result in swollen gums as well. Due to rubbing against gum tissue in unnatural ways, they almost always cause inflammation and irritation. Swollen gums are also more likely to be injured or bleed by wearing your dentures as well, thus increasing the odds of needing treatment. If you are currently experiencing bleeding gums, refrain from wearing your dentures until you or your dentist can confirm your situation.
#3: Damage to Surrounding Teeth
Ill-fitting dentures pose an even greater risk to your oral health when used alongside natural teeth. Partial dentures can grate against your natural teeth if not appropriately secured, resulting in discomfort, thinner tooth enamel, and chipped or cracked teeth. Such damage will lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and, if not treated, tooth loss. Loose dentures will also damage your dental implants if they collide and scrape together.
Blisters may develop in your mouth if dentures rub against certain areas excessively. The result of the body’s attempt to protect affected tissues, these pockets of fluid generate discomfort and risk oral damage and infection. In the event that infected blisters grow and multiply, they’ll trigger advanced gum disease, a serious condition that can cause a litany of other problems.
#5: Trouble Eating
Ill-fitting dentures can, at times, make some foods difficult to chew and swallow, becoming an obstacle to both enjoying your meals and maintaining a balanced diet. Furthermore, food might become lodged between your gums and dentures, risking gum disease.
Ill-fitting dentures seem like a simple annoyance, but they’re harmful if you don’t get them fixed. So, make sure to contact your local dentist at your earliest convenience if they become loose. That way, you won’t have to deal with the above complications!
About the Author
Dr. R. David Brumbaugh is a dentist practicing in Dallas, TX. A member of the teaching faculty at the Center of Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry, he is a regarded expert on IV conscious sedation and regularly lectures throughout the United States. He also uses his 25+ years of experience to provide patients with high-quality, custom-made partial, full, and implant dentures. He currently practices at his self-titled clinic and can be reached at his website or by phone at (214)-369-5159.