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5 Complications of Ill-Fitting Dentures

January 4, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — norwooddentalcare @ 2:56 am
patient smiling after having ill-fitting dentures fixed

Dentures, replacements for missing teeth, are key in restoring bite function and improving your smile. Full dentures, when properly fitted, provide secure adherence to the gums, while partial dentures seamlessly align with existing natural teeth. Yet, when dentures are ill-fitting, they can lead to a range of complications. Delve into our blog to uncover five problems that may arise from poorly fitting dentures.

#1: Trouble Speaking

Poorly fitting dentures frequently lead to instability, which can impede clear speech. This instability poses challenges in effective communication, potentially causing dentures to dislodge or even contributing to the development of a lisp in some cases.

#2: Swollen Gums and Blisters

Ill-fitting dentures can worsen gum swelling, especially when dental restorations irritate the gums, causing increased pressure and friction that may lead to blisters. Inflamed gums are more prone to injury, and if these blisters burst, oral bacteria can invade, greatly heightening the risk of gum disease.

While temporary inflammation may seem minor, ongoing swelling has been associated with various health conditions elsewhere in the body. These include asthma, type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and heart disease.

#3: Trouble Eating

Persistent movement of poorly fitting dentures in your mouth can pose difficulties for biting and chewing, leading to discomfort or potential pain. Moreover, ill-fitted dentures might cause food to get trapped between the restorations and gums, offering an environment where oral bacteria can flourish. As a result, these bacteria produce acids that weaken enamel, making teeth more prone to decay.

#4: Angular Cheilitis

Angular cheilitis develops due to a bacterial infection triggered by saliva buildup at the corners of the mouth. This condition is more likely to affect individuals with uneven bites, posing a greater risk for those with improperly fitted dentures. Symptoms of angular cheilitis encompass:

  • Cracks or itching at the corners of the mouth
  • Dry lips
  • Rashes
  • Burning sensation
  • Redness

#5: Damage to Natural Teeth

Loose dentures moving around can pose a risk to your natural teeth, causing them to make unnatural contact that may result in cracks, chips, and enamel erosion, increasing the risk of decay.

The impact of poorly fitting dentures goes beyond cosmetic concerns. Schedule a consultation with your dentist to address these issues and restore a smile that’s not just beautiful but also healthy, confident, and comfortable!

About the Practice

Norwood Dental Care, led by Drs. John T. Michaels and David Michaels, is dedicated to providing a seamless dental journey. Their extensive services encompass various treatments, including dentures, all aimed at rejuvenating your smile. Tailored to individuals with partial or complete tooth loss, they offer a diverse range of denture solutions. To learn more about dentures or to schedule an appointment, visit Norwood Dental Care’s website or contact their office at (781) 769-6140.

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