Dentures have long been used to replace missing teeth. They’re often a popular choice because they can be fitted and made rather quickly and are often more cost-effective than other methods. However, dentures have one big downside: they can be really uncomfortable. Reasons why include:
Dentures have been known to move around in the mouth, making gums sore and causing difficulties eating and speaking. It can be so bad that many denture wearers find themselves sticking to a soft, bland diet to avoid pain and keeping away from social events to avoid embarrassment.
But why are dentures so uncomfortable? What can be done about it?
One common cause of denture discomfort is sores. When dentures are not cleaned or maintained correctly, bacteria can gather under and above dentures. This bacteria buildup can, in turn, cause yeast to gather under the dentures, which then causes painful sores. Also, unlike the bacteria that gathers on natural teeth, the bacteria that gathers on dentures is not plaque and therefore often causes uncomfortable or even painful inflammation.
While most dentures are custom-made to fit your mouth, that fit can change over time. Your mouth shape can shift while it is healing from losing teeth, causing dentures to fall out of alignment or slip and slide inside the mouth. Poorly fitting dentures are incredibly uncomfortable as they can rub against the top and bottom of the mouth as well as the gums, leaving you raw, red, and inflamed.
This rubbing can also cause a condition called bone resorption in which the jawbone tissue erodes. Bone resorption is extremely painful, as it puts undue pressure on the jaw nerves.
Dentures have another common side effect: bone erosion. Dentures rub on the gums and jawbone constantly, and this rubbing causes the jawbone to thin and weaken over time. What’s more, the rubbing also thins the gums, which can make it harder for the dentures to stay in place – which leads to even more rubbing.
You have two main options if your dentures feel uncomfortable: refitting your dentures or swapping them out for dental implants. Getting your dentures professionally refitted can help with short-term discomfort, but odds are they will become uncomfortable again in the near future. Dental implants, on the other hand, are a permanent solution for missing teeth and denture discomfort.
Dental implants are used to permanently replace missing teeth. While there are many different kinds of dental implants, most are made from titanium “roots” that are implanted in the jawbone and then connected to dental crowns that serve as “teeth.”
Unlike dentures, dental implants:
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