You may have replaced your teeth with dentures to alleviate the pain caused by tooth loss and other decay, but poorly fitted dentures will also cause you pain and increase the risk of damaging mouth infections. Bad dentures may be poorly designed, poorly fitted, or made of cheap materials, and can open you up to a host of secondary problems that can be solved with a well-made set.
The Painful Effects of Poorly Fitted Dentures
There are several ways that poor-fitting dentures can cause irritation and discomfort and increase your risk of mouth infection. Here are some of the ways that poor-fitting dentures may cause you pain:
Poorly fitting dentures will cause an uneven balance of the forces in your mouth, causing certain spots to take the brunt of the pressure when you chew. As your dentures shift from one pressure point to another, you may even begin to notice a rocking motion. Well-fitted dentures will stay securely in place and prevent that irritation from occurring.
Poor-fitting dentures will slide around your mouth during the course of your day, creating friction that results in irritation. The more your dentures slide around in your mouth, the more irritated the tissue becomes, and spots along the gums will develop sores that will be continuously aggravated by your dentures.
Inflamed gum tissue
When irritants in the mouth inflame the gum tissue, poor-fitting dentures can cause those tissues to become even more sensitive. This can lead to infections in your mouth, like gum disease or fungal infections like Candida because poor-fitting dentures will harbor bacteria and fungus.
Food and Drink Lodging Under the Denture
Poor-fitting dentures don’t create a seal around your gums, which is supposed to prevent food and drink from lodging itself under the denture when you eat. Hard particles like seeds can stay lodged under the denture and cause discomfort and pain from the irritation of the gum tissue. A well-fitting set of dentures will prevent food from getting under the denture and reduce the irritation.
Made with the Wrong Materials
Dentures that are made of the wrong materials can irritate gum tissues and may harbor infections. Poor-fitting dentures made with do-it-yourself liners can actually cause more discomfort than if you went directly to your dentist to have them made.
Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Denture-Related Mouth Infections
- Make sure they fit. Work with your dentist to get dentures that will fit properly in your mouth so that you can avoid the discomfort of poorly fitted dentures.
- Clean them every day. Make sure that you brush and soak your dentures every night after wearing them. Brush them with a non-abrasive cleaning agent and then soak them in denture-cleaning solution. This will reduce irritation the next day and remove any bacteria that may cause infection.
- Keep your mouth clean. Before inserting your dentures, be sure to rinse out your mouth in the morning. This will reduce the risk of infection.
- Ask about more secure denture options. Secure options like implant dentures eliminate dentures from sliding in and out, lowering your chances of getting irritation sores.
Tired of Poor-Fitting Dentures? Dr. Westersund Can Help!
Dr. Curtis Westersund’s implant dentures fit well and help keep foods out, and with proper cleaning, they won’t foster infections that cause discomfort and pain in your mouth. Dr. Westersund also offers well-fitted dentures that can give you the confidence of a full, bright smile.
Designed with a neuromuscular approach for optimal fit and bite, Dr. Westersund’s facial rejuvenation dentures is another alternative that can help stave off mouth infections. Dr. Westersund offers both implant dentures and dentures that use the same neuromuscular/optimal bite principles.
Are you in Calgary and looking to reduce unnecessary mouth pain and regain confidence in your smile with a new set of dentures? Call us today to schedule an appointment.