Dentures have undergone several improvements over the years, but one thing remains unchanged–they require adjustments. Your oral tissues and structures shrink and change shape over time. Unfortunately, your dentures won’t adapt to the changes, which can cause slipping and irritation. It may only seem like an annoyance; however, there are 5 complications of ill-fitting dentures that can compromise your oral and general health.
1. Swollen Gums
If your dentures no longer fit, they can rub on the soft tissues in your mouth in unnatural ways. The friction and pressure can cause the gums to swell, develop sores, or bleed. It can become almost impossible to eat unless you cut certain foods from your diet because they are too difficult to chew. Although you might be avoiding oral pain, you may unknowingly cause nutritional imbalances that can affect your health and wellness.
2. Facial Soreness
When your gums are sore and irritated, the sensitivity combined with the movements of your dentures can lead to a temporomandibular disorder, which can limit your ability to eat, speak, and even yawn. The joints connecting your jaw to your skull on either side of your face can begin to function incorrectly. Besides facial pain, you can experience clicking and popping when opening or closing your mouth. Sometimes, the jaw can even lock in one position. TMJ symptoms don’t have to affect your quality of life with a properly fitting denture.
3. Trouble Speaking
If your teeth are moving around in your mouth when you’re trying to talk, it can make your words sound slurred. It can also be embarrassing, so you might avoid certain social situations because you’re concerned about your teeth falling out. Your dentist can restore a snug fit, so no words are left unsaid.
Oral pain can make your jaw hurt. In return, it can cause a headache. Although the two may not seem related, headaches are the most common complaint of ill-fitting dentures. You don’t have to suffer in silence. Your dentist can stop the headaches by adjusting your denture.
If your dentures rub on certain areas of your mouth, it can lead to painful blisters. If the irritation isn’t resolved, you’ll have an increased risk of infection and irreversible damage to your gums. Oral infections are also linked to several health issues, like cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
Slipping dentures isn’t anything to ignore. It’s best to contact your dentist for an adjustment or a replacement. If you’re ready to eliminate slipping and irritation for good, ask your dentist about adding the stability of dental implants to your denture.
About Dr. Dennis E. Stansbury
Dr. Stansbury has over 40 years of experience in dentistry. He regularly continues his education in many advanced specialties, including dentures and dental implants. As a member of various professional organizations, including the American Dental Association and Southwest Academy of Restorative Dentistry, he has the qualifications you can trust. Contact our office today to fix your slipping denture.