Common Denture Problems and How To Treat Them

Dentures have always been a popular option for people who’ve experienced tooth loss. These devices have come a long way since they were first created, and modern dentures today are made with high-quality materials that make them comfortable and durable, solving many people’s problems. 

However, even with modern advancements helping us, dentures can still pose problems. Throughout this article, we’ll dive deeper into some of the most common denture problems and how to treat them. 

Some Common Denture Problems and How To Treat Them

Although dentures are considered one of the best solutions for missing teeth, many problems can occur, especially if you are new to wearing them. We’re here to help guide you through some of the most common problems people with dentures face and provide tips on managing or treating them. 

Ill-Fitting Dentures

Ill-fitting dentures can result from wearing dentures for a long time, gradual changes in the mouth’s shape, or improper fit when first worn. Ill-fitting dentures can cause sore spots and discomfort in the mouth. They can also make it difficult to eat and speak properly. 

If you have ill-fitted dentures, you should visit your dentist for an adjustment or realignment. Realigning your dentures helps reduce any pain or discomfort you feel wearing them and helps them fit better, making them more comfortable to wear. 

Sore Gums

Sore gums are also a common problem for denture wearers. This is because new dentures can put irritating pressure on the gums. When getting new dentures, the mouth sometimes needs time to adjust to the new appliances. 

If you’re experiencing sore gums from your dentures, try following these tips:

  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water.
  • Apply a small amount of anesthetic gel to the sore spots.
  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

Difficulties Eating – Eating with dentures can often be a challenge, especially for people not used to wearing them. New dentures can become difficult to manage as wearing them needs to become a new trained habit. If you’re experiencing difficulties eating and swallowing foods, try these tips:

  • Cut food into small pieces.
  • Chew on both sides of your mouth.
  • Avoid hard, sticky, or chewy foods.

It is also important to take small bites and chew slowly when you’re first starting to wear dentures, and with time and practice, you’ll get used to eating with your dentures. 

Denture Slippage

 Dentures have a bad habit of slipping out of place when a person eats or speaks. While slippage can be embarrassing, it most often occurs due to an improper fit or the dentures wearing down over time. To help prevent slippage, we recommend: 

  • Use denture adhesive to keep your dentures in place.
  • Practice speaking and eating with your dentures in.
  • Consider implant-supported dentures, which are more stable than traditional dentures.

Bad Breath

Lastly, one of the biggest problems people with dentures face is bad breath. Dentures can easily harbor bacteria and food particles, especially when not cared for properly. To help reduce signs of bad breath, try these tips:

  • Brush your dentures with a soft brush and non-abrasive denture cleaner.
  • Brush your gums, tongue, and roof of your mouth with a soft brush.
  • Rinse your mouth with mouthwash.

Visit St. Clair Dental PLLC For A Denture Fitting Today!

St. Clair Dental PLLC is committed to helping our patients achieve optimal oral health. Contact us today by calling (817) 910-2880 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Maureen Karl and visit our office in Granbury, TX, for a denture fitting that works for you.

Maureen Karl, DDS, FAGD
As a graduate of the University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in 2004, Dr. Maureen Karl continues to hone her craft through continuing education. Dental patients throughout the Granbury, TX area know they can rely on our practice for skilled dental care using the latest practices.