Common Concerns and Solutions for Denture Wearers

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After a long time of denture wearing, I'm losing bone in my jaw. Can this be fixed?

Research shows that once the teeth are removed, the jawbone begins to shrink and change shape. Dentures should be checked every year, relined as needed for fit, and replaced every 5-8 years (depending on the dentures and your situation) to keep them fitting properly.

If your dentures are moving a lot and you find you are using adhesive more frequently, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your denturist. Changes in the feel and fit of your dentures is always a sign something has changed. It is also important that you take your dentures out at night to allow the tissue in your mouth to rest and decrease the possibility of sore spots.

One of the best things you can do to decrease bone loss, is to switch to implant dentures. You can read more about that HERE.

My dentures will not stay in no matter what kind of adhesive I use. What should I do?

Make an appointment at Berlanga Dentures today. Your denturist will check to make sure that the tissue inside your mouth is healthy and if there is enough jawbone available, might suggest a reline. A reline of your dentures should help improve the fit, however, if your jaw has been without natural teeth for some time, and you’re experiencing significant bone loss, a reline might not be enough. If that’s the case we can suggest a variety of options, such as replacing your dentures completely, or possibly discuss implant dentures.

Is it possible to get dentures after not having teeth for a long time?

It’s hard to predict how much of the upper and lower jaw will remain after several years without teeth. When teeth are removed, the bone that held them can slowly shrink over time. This doesn’t happen to everyone, but it’s normal after tooth removal. It’s important that dentures are made properly to fit well and keep minimum stress on the bone. If it’s been a long time since you’ve had natural teeth or dentures, your denturist will examine your mouth to assure ideal oral health, including the bone level that would be below your dentures, and provide you with options best suited to your situation and budget.

The back of my dentures “pop up” when eating. What do I do?

Your dentures may not fit correctly. Usually this can be resolved by improving the fit of the denture with a simple reline. Schedule an appointment today at Berlanga Dentures and we can discuss your options. However, if you are wearing partials, it may have to do with areas of your mouth where you are missing teeth. Regardless, if your dentures are moving, it’s time to see your denturist right away to have them adjusted.

After applying adhesive, it's very difficult to remove my dentures. How do I remove them without pain?

If you are using your denture adhesive correctly, there should not be a lot of adhesive left on your tissue and palate when you remove your denture. Patients use a variety of methods to remove the adhesive: a piece of gauze, a tissue, a damp washcloth, or a wet toothbrush. More importantly, use no more than three or four pea-sized dabs of adhesive on each denture. (You can read more about using adhesives HERE.) Keep in mind adhesive is not supposed to help with the fit of your denture, it is only intended as a seal to keep food from getting under the dentures. If you feel your dentures are moving or falling out, it’s time to see your denturist! Typically a simple reline of the denture can adjust this problem.

To find out more about the costs and benefits of our tooth replacement solutions, contact Berlanga Dentures today, your denture specialists.

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