Why You Should Get Poorly Fitting Dentures Relined

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Do you find your dentures frequently slip or fall out? Are they causing you more discomfort or pain than usual? It’s probably time for a reline, or possibly new dentures.

At Berlanga Dentures in Tacoma and Puyallup, WA, we see many patients every day who come to us because they’ve detected changes in their dentures, or maybe they didn’t get their dentures from us and they are finding their dentures uncomfortable.

Making sure your dentures fit properly isn’t only important for your comfort — poorly fitted dentures can lead to a variety of health issues.

Typically, dentures only require a small adjustment to get them to fit properly. However, if you’ve had your dentures for 5–8 years, it may be time to consider an upgrade.

What Can Happen if My Dentures Don’t Fit Properly?

Poorly fitted dentures can cause many health issues such as bacteria build up, plaque and tarter, which makes them harder to clean. A build-up of bacteria can become plaque — a sticky substance made up of millions of tiny bacteria that can cause discoloration and bad breath. If the plaque isn’t removed, it becomes tartar, which is extremely difficult to remove without the use of professional tools.

Additionally, poorly fitted dentures can leave gaps in between your dentures and the tissue in your mouth — which can lead to food getting trapped. Over time, these gaps can cause reddening, inflammation, pockets, wounds, and gum disease.

If left unattended, the combination of inflammation, wounds, and bacteria can lead to infections in the mouth. Infections can be painful, uncomfortable, and can cause other health issues throughout the body.  Infections and inflammation can also cause your jawbone to shrink, making you look older.

Finally, if your dentures are not fitted correctly, eating can become painful or uncomfortable, as you may not be able to chew your food properly. When food isn’t chewed properly it can lead to acid reflux, bloating, indigestion, heartburn,

How Can Berlanga Dentures Help?

The solution to poorly fitted dentures may vary from patient to patient but there are a couple of ways we can help you find relief.

Denture Relines

For many patients, a poorly fitted denture can be fixed with a minor adjustment. If you’re experiencing a sore spot or mild discomfort, a quick adjustment could be all it takes. We can usually get minor adjustments done in a single appointment. Read more about Relines HERE.

Implant Dentures

If you’ve had your dentures for 5–8 years, it may be time to consider getting a new set. Over time, your tissue, jaw, and mouth will change — in these cases, a simple adjustment may not be enough. If you are continuously having difficulties with traditional dentures, implant dentures might be the way to go. We offer excellent implant-supported dentures to keep your dentures in place. You can read more about implant dentures HERE.

Here at Berlanga Dentures we are always accepting new patients, and can help you find the right solution.

Contact us today, to schedule a consultation with one of our denture experts.

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