If you once experienced tooth loss, living with dentures means being able to eat all your favorite foods, speak without slurring your words, and smile with renewed confidence. But over time, you may find that your artificial teeth don’t feel quite as good as they once did. And while you know you should see your dentist for help, you might think that the problem will resolve itself in time. Before committing to this mindset, consider these four complications of ill-fitting dentures and when you should get in to see your dentist for help.
Jawbone Resorption Leads to Irritation and Discomfort
Over time, you will discover that your dentures no longer fit properly because of jawbone resorption. Because there are no tooth roots to deliver stimulation to the bone, it will weaken over time, resulting in changes to the oral and facial structure. As a result, your prosthetic teeth will fit awkwardly.
When this happens, you can expect there to be irritation to your soft oral tissues as well as discomfort. Avoiding an adjustment or replacement from your dentist will only lead to potential damage to your mouth and/or denture.
Slurring of Your Words
When a denture no longer fits correctly inside your mouth, you may notice that your words become slurred. This is because your prosthetic no longer remains in the same place when you speak. Instead, it begins to shift, making it difficult to say certain words or syllables. This can lead to embarrassment when surrounded by others.
For most people, eating is something that is to be enjoyed. However, when dentures slip or fall out while attempting to consume certain foods, it can become a problematic task. The inability to bite down and chew various foods can cause you to experience malnutrition over time. As a result, your health can begin to deteriorate.
Damage to Healthy Teeth
When wearing a partial denture, your healthy teeth may be at risk if your prosthetic is not seated well within your mouth. Should it begin to fit incorrectly, it can hit against nearby healthy teeth and cause chipping or cracking to occur.
Damage to these structures only increases the possible risk of decay and gum disease as well as additional tooth loss.
Any of these above-mentioned complications are reasons to get in to see your dentist. Depending on the severity of the problem, it might only mean an adjustment. However, it might also mean that you need a new denture to replace your old one. No matter the decision, addressing the problem is essential if you want to avoid further damage to your smile. In doing so, you’ll maintain a healthier and more functional set of teeth that allows you to live your best life.
About the McCarl Dental Group
McCarl Dental Group understands that tooth loss can be a difficult reality for patients. This is why when we suggest dentures, we convey all the necessary details that come with wearing these custom prosthetics. From the creation and placement to living life with a full set of teeth again, you can expect to know what to do and when to call our dental office when you need help.