When millions of Americans smile every day, they are showing not only their natural teeth but full or partial dentures as well. Indeed, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 57 percent of Americans ages 65 to 74 and 51 percent of those ages 55 to 64 wear full or partial dentures. However, just like an instrument must be tuned to sound the way it should, dentures in Potomac have to fit properly in your mouth to do their job well. Here is how to know if your dentures are the right size and fit – and what to do if they are not.
What are Dentures?
Dentures are a set of artificial teeth and gums that can help patients – especially those who have a lost a significant number of teeth – return to eating, speaking and smiling with confidence. Typically made from a hard resin, full and partial dentures are custom-made to match the size, shape and color of your mouth. Some advantages of traditional dentures include:
- Natural appearance
- The prevention of orthodontic issues by keeping any remaining teeth in the proper position
5 Signs of Poorly-Fitting Dentures
Full and partial dentures are an effective solution to replacing missing teeth – but only if they fit properly in your mouth. Here are 5 signs of poorly-fitting dentures:
- Gagging – If dentures are slightly too big, they can contact the throat more than usual and trigger your gag reflex.
- Slippage – If your dentures do not fit snugly enough in your mouth, they may slip when you are eating or even just smiling. If slippage occurs frequently, your dentures may need to be relined or replaced.
- Persistent Pain – If certain places in your mouth hurt when you chew, it may be because your dentures fit unevenly in your mouth, causing an uneven balance of bite forces.
- Trouble Eating – Dentures should make it possible for you to eat most – though not all – of your favorite foods. If you are having trouble eating most of the foods you used to enjoy, you may not have properly-fitting dentures.
- Difficulty Cleaning – Dentures should create a firm seal that prevents food particles from getting up inside them. If you notice food residue frequently infiltrating the inside of your denture, that may be a sign they are too big.
How a Dentist in Potomac can Help
It is not uncommon for new dentures to need to be readjusted, sometimes several times, before they will fit perfectly in your mouth. If you wear full or partial dentures and experience any of the above problems, your first step should be to call a dentist in Potomac. He or she will be able to determine the exact cause of the pain, discomfort, or trouble and help you treat it accordingly.
Tune your guitar to make it wail! Properly fit your dentures to smile like you mean it! Say no to ill-fitting dentures by calling a dentist today.
About the Author
A Georgetown University School of Dentistry graduate, Dr. Sam Osseiran went above and beyond in the classroom to earn a certification in prosthodontics. He is an active member of the American College of Prosthodontists and enjoys helping restore patients’ ability to speak, eat and smile like normal. For more information on restorative dentistry treatments, visit the Just For Your Smile website or call Dr. Osseiran at 301-299-0200.