How do you know if your dentures fit right?
Well-fitting dentures should feel comfortable and secure.
Dentures are a highly effective solution when it comes to managing tooth loss — they can help to restore full oral function as well as the aesthetics of your smile. In fact, modern dentures are typically very comfortable to wear and help to achieve a natural-looking result. If you have dentures but are struggling with gum and mouth irritation problems when eating and speaking, or dentures that feel loose, it is possible that they don’t fit properly. Read on to find out when it might be time to have your dentures adjusted or replaced…
Eating should be easy
Although it is completely normal to experience some difficulty with eating when you first have your dentures placed, oral functions like biting and chewing should become easier with time. When you first have your dentures fitted, it is best to stick to soft foods that are fairly easy to chew. It can also be helpful to cut your food into small, manageable pieces. If, however, you continue to have trouble with eating, or the problem worsens over time, it could be a sign that you need an adjustment. Seeing your dentist for an adjustment will ensure that your dentures fit more securely, which should make chewing easier and more comfortable.
Your dentures should feel secure
As you adjust to the feeling of new dentures, your tongue and cheek muscles will adapt and help to keep your prosthetics in place. If, however, you notice that your dentures slip out of place even after you have had them for some time, it is likely that the fit is not secure enough. Dentures should feel secure in the mouth, and they should not move out of place when you laugh, smile, eat, or cough. If you have noticed some slippage or looseness, it is advisable to see your dentist as soon as possible.
Well-fitting dentures don’t cause sores
When you first get dentures, you may feel some mild discomfort but this should resolve with time. If you have had your dentures for a while and they are causing you pain or discomfort, it is likely that your prosthetics need to be adjusted. If your dentures don’t fit properly, they can rub against the gums and cause sores and irritation. While dental adhesives can help to resolve these issues, an adjustment may be necessary to relieve pain and prevent further discomfort.
Damaged dentures should be replaced
If you have noticed damages, such as chips and cracks, on your dentures it is likely that you will need to have them replaced. Although dentures are made with durable materials, it is possible for damage to occur over time. If you are concerned about the appearance of your dentures for any reason, it is best to consult with your dentist. They will be able to advise you on the best course of action, which may involve a repair or replacement of your prosthetics.
How can we help?
At Impressions Dental, we encourage our patients to come in and have their dentures checked once a year. We also offer reline services, which are recommended every three to five years for removeable dentures and every two years for implant-supported dentures. Having your dentures relined is an important part of maintaining your appliances — during the reline process, new base material is added to the tissue side of the denture in order to keep the dentures fitting properly.
If you would like to find out more about how to take proper care of your dentures, and how we can help to ensure a comfortable fit, please have a look here.
We offer a comprehensive range of dentures, including standard dentures, precision dentures, immediate dentures, partial dentures, and implant-supported dentures. If you are considering dentures, or are in need of an adjustment or reline, please don’t hesitate to arrange a consultation. If you would like to book an appointment, give us a call on 1300 85 20 30 or please get in touch here.