Common Denture Problems through Covid-19
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Common problems with dentures
Some mistakingly believe that their problems will be over if they have their teeth removed and get dentures. But instead, as most denture wearers will tell you, this marks the beginning of many new and different problems. This is mainly because as soon as a tooth is gone, the bone underneath continues to shrink and change shape constantly, meaning the gums on which the Dentures are trying to grip, are changing shape and shrinking, which creates its own difficult challenges.
This is true of full Acrylic Dentures, Precision attachment dentures, part dentures, chrome reinforced plates, high impact strong resins, Valplast or nylon based Dentures, different teeth from Acrylic to Porcelain as well as obturators for Cleft palates too.
The Commonest problems are Dentures rubbing or digging in somewhere, getting used to Speech and eating as the Tongue and Muscles have to adapt and get used to the new shape of the Palate and tooth position, as well as stability, because there may not be much gum and bone underneath to resist movement or tipping when chewing. Indeed even when talking and laughing, such face muscle movements may make the dentures move a little until you get used to things changing, it does take some patience, cutting food up well, talking slowly at first, to give your mouth time to "learn" and adapt too.
It's actually tough to chew with a denture. It could take five times longer to chew your food. And when you add up all the costs, removing your teeth, making the dentures, periodic relines and re-creation (as often as every 3 years), dentures can end up being very expensive. So only if all your teeth are in such a terrible state, should one consider having all your teeth out and Dentures in, because it is then an irreversible choice.
Farther down the road, despite using the best Dentist skills and materials, as chewing becomes more difficult, you may be forced to consider implants and, as you may already know, they're one of the most expensive tooth-replacement options, but they are attached to your jaw-bone like teeth, so they can make a tremendous improvement by giving your Dentures something solid to grip and stabilise on.
When you wear a denture, over time the bone in your jaw will continuously shrink. This is what causes a denture to get loose and floppy. Also, the plastic teeth will wear quicker than natural teeth. When this happens, your denture will have to be remade to regain a proper fit and bite. It's not uncommon for this to occur every few years, particularly in your lower jaw. That's because the base for the denture is smaller and the bone is much less stable. When you have your teeth removed, eventually the ridge of the bone in your lower jaw becomes very flat, and there's practically nothing to hold the denture in place. Even worse, there are nerves passing through holes that can end up on the surface of the shrunken bone, so when you bite down, it hurts! Some long-term denture-wearers suffer greatly from this. Their jaw hurts and goes numb every time they try to chew down on their jaw.
Unfortunately, these difficulties occur in a person's later years, when healthy eating is important for good health and quality of life.
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Part-Dentures will grip better than a complete denture, but they can also rub against the gums and against the teeth next door, but with some adjustments or possibly relies underneath the false teeth, problems can usually be fixed or improved, however on occasions it may be better to just replace the whole denture if the teeth are also worn or other modifications can be better made with a remake.
In general, when the bone under dentures recedes, two things happen: your nose gets closer to your chin, and your lips collapse. This causes you to look older, with more wrinkles and less support in your mouth. An upper denture also covers most of the taste buds on the roof of your mouth. This makes it much harder to taste and enjoy your food. Additionally, the tissues and bone in the mouth were never made to have plastic continually rubbing against them, so sore spots will develop in your mouth. And if you have an active gag reflex, an upper denture might even be impossible to wear if it makes you sick.
If you have the choice, keeping as many of your natural teeth is the preferred option. You'll look better, feel better, enjoy your food more and have more confidence. Making Dentures look good AND function properly is a real challenge. Probably less than 10% of Denture wearers are satisfactory, with over 90% compromised in appearance or function.
Below is a LARGE selection of Denture designs, teeth shapes and colours to choose from that could suit you better than an existing or troublesome Denture. If your own Dentist cannot solve your existing problems in several visits, a new or better Denture design may be the answer for you!
Only your Dentist or Specialist can give you individual advice after examining you.
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