Ensuring the Health of Your Dentures and Oral Well-being
Most individuals understand the importance of maintaining natural teeth, yet not everyone realizes that the same level of care is essential for new dentures. A properly fitting and functioning denture can significantly enhance your confidence and overall quality of life. The comfort and fit of your denture are intricately linked to the health and quality of the underlying oral tissues. This underscores the significance of addressing both your oral health and denture care. Here are some straightforward guidelines to follow:
- Regular Denture Maintenance: Establish consistent at-home care routines, including proper cleaning and storage practices.
- Appropriate Cleaning Products: Employ recommended products for cleaning and maintaining your dentures to ensure longevity and optimal function.
- Scheduled Oral Examinations: Undergo routine oral examinations and denture assessments to monitor your oral health and denture’s condition.
- Communication with Your Prosthodontist: If you experience any discomfort or issues related to your dentures, don’t hesitate to discuss them with your prosthodontist.
- Daily Removal: Remove your dentures for at least 6-8 hours each day to maintain oral health.
Ill-fitting dentures can negatively impact your ability to chew and speak, potentially leading to soreness or irritation of oral tissues and denture-related oral infections. Overuse of denture adhesives may also have adverse health effects and mask underlying problems.
At Innovative Dental Aesthetics, Dr. Gatta — our board-certified prosthodontist, is equipped to address these concerns. With three years of specialized training beyond dental school, we focus on restoring and maintaining tooth health. Contemporary denture fabrication incorporates digital techniques that result in superior-quality dentures, improved fit, and the use of high-quality acrylic materials.
The Importance of a Precise Denture Fit
Do your dentures provide comfort and security? It’s natural for the fit of dentures to diminish over time due to changes in gum and bone structure, as well as wear and tear on the denture materials. A precise fit is imperative. Beyond affecting your ability to chew and your appearance, poorly fitting dentures have been associated with a fourfold increase in the risk of head and neck cancer. Prosthodontists play a crucial role in addressing these concerns. As specialists with extensive training in prosthetic dentistry, we assist patients in maintaining functional and aesthetically pleasing dentures.
Notable signs that you may require new or modified dentures include:
- Chronic Gum Irritation: Persistent irritation of the gums under the denture.
- Reliance on Denture Adhesives: The need for denture adhesives for everyday activities.
- Denture Appearance: Discoloration, cracking, or instability of the denture.
- Denture Age: If the denture has been in use for more than five years.