Dentures can be a complex subject. To that end, here are a few things to know about them and to help you understand the denture wearing process.
When your natural teeth are lost, what’s left are the bony ridges where your teeth used to be. Your dentures rest on these ridges. The ridges will shrink – this is known as atrophy or wasting of the bone. This process is inevitable and variable and is one of the main reasons some people have difficulty wearing dentures.
The shape of each patient’s palate influences the fit and suction needed to wear an upper denture. A square or rounded shape is more suitable than a small flat, or V -shaped.
Issues With Lower Dentures
Most complaints about dentures have to do with the lower ones, because lower dentures have to operate in a mobile environment – where the lips, cheeks and tongue try to dislodge the denture while you are speaking or eating. The lower ridge is also much smaller than the upper, and is prone to even more excessive shrinking. There is no large surface on which to create suction as in the upper palate. These factors often cause a lower denture to move or trap food. However, in time, a successful denture wearer will learn to control their facial muscles – an essential skill when wearing new dentures.
How Long Should Your Dentures Last?
Your dentist should examine your dentures every year to check for proper fit and to make any necessary adjustments due to wear. Dentures are worn down by eating and cleaning, but the denture base will not adjust to the ridges in your gums which are changing constantly. Even if your denture feels fine you must have your mouth checked annually to ensure against any permanent damage and to check for any unwanted conditions. Dentures can be replaced or relined if they become loose.
Will You Need A Fixative?
Fixatives are not just for loose fitting dentures. Denture fixatives can give you extra security and confidence by providing a more comfortable fit, and preventing you from worrying about any loosening or slipping. Fixatives also help prevent bits of food from getting under your dentures.
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