After a heart wrenching episode of the show “Breaking Amish” there’s been a lot of interest in Dentures. In the show, Rebecca visited an NYC dentist complaining that her dentures were bothering her a great deal. She complained of sores, blisters and ill-fitting dentures which left her without the ability to properly chew food.
WHAT ARE DENTURES?
Dentures are natural-looking replacement teeth that are removable. There are two types of dentures: full and partial. Full dentures are given to patients when all of the natural teeth have been removed. Partial dentures are attached to a metal frame that is connected to your natural teeth and are used to fill in where permanent teeth have been removed.
Just like natural teeth, dentures need to be cared for. Use a gentle cleanser to brush your dentures, always keep them moist when they’re not in use, and be sure to keep your tongue and gums clean as well. Proper care and regular dental visits are important factors for keeping your mouth healthy and your dentures in good shape.
Problems from Poor Fitting Dentures
With age, the gum ridges in our mouths can shrink, causing dentures to become loose. Bone can also shrink, causing jaws not to line up properly. Loose dentures can cause sore spots in your mouth as well as stomach problems from not being able to chew food properly. A loose denture could also cause changes in your facial features.
When do Dentures Need to be Replaced?
If your dentures are loose or make sore spots in your mouth, you should see a dentist to have them evaluated and possibly adjusted, relined or remade. If the teeth in your dentures are considerably worn out, talk to your dentist about having some new ones made. It is also important to continue with regular dental visits to make sure your teeth are fitting properly as well as to be examined for any signs of oral cancer. Your dentist can tell you how often you need to come in for check ups.
Why you Shouldn’t Repair Dentures Yourself
When a dentist repairs or adjusts dentures, he uses dental materials that are made specifically for dentures and only available to dentists. Over-the-counter products usually contain chemicals that will actually harm your dentures and cause greater damage. Only your dentist should adjust or repair your dentures.
With proper care and regular dental visits, your dentures should last a good amount of time. Your dentist will let you know when they need to be replaced.
If your a candidate for Dentures, Contact J.C. Duncan Family Dentistry:
103 Commerce Center Drive Suite 101
Huntersville, NC 28078