The Potential Complications of Ill-Fitting Dentures

April 2, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Owen @ 10:51 pm
Dentist holding dentures.

Dentures can be an excellent solution for missing teeth; they restore the look, feel, and functionality of your smile while boosting your confidence to sky-high levels! But it’s crucial to take care of your dentures and have them regularly examined; ill-fitting dentures can be seriously problematic and lead to many different oral health problems. Keep reading to learn more about some of the complications that can arise if you’re dentures don’t fit properly.

1. Swollen Gums and Soreness

When your dentures do not correctly fit the curves and contours of your mouth, they can rub against your gum tissue and cause swelling and irritation. Swollen gums are much more susceptible to injury and bleeding. This can also cause very painful and uncomfortable blisters that can grow, multiply, and lead to other severe problems!

If you have inflamed gum tissue, you’ll experience soreness and sensitivity especially if you already suffer from TMJ (Temporomandibular joint) disorders. These disorders cause pain, restricted jaw movement, and gum irritation when allowed to progress. Headaches are another common symptom associated with both TMJ disorders and ill-fitting dentures.

2. Trouble Speaking

Some people have trouble speaking in general, but ill-fitting dentures can certainly complicate things. Your teeth and tongue play an important role in speech, specifically pronunciation. If your dentures are loose and moving around in your mouth while you talk, social situations can quickly become awkward. Poor-fitting dentures can cause speech problems like stutters and lisps—they also run the risk of falling out during normal conversation!

3. Difficulty Eating

It’s tough to eat when it hurts to chew! Ill-fitting dentures can make enjoying foods complicated and tricky, which in turn will influence your diet. Like speaking, you run the risk of your dentures shifting and falling out. Additionally, food particles can become lodged between your gums and dentures, which can lead to gum disease and infection!

4. Damage to Adjacent Teeth

When you have both natural and false teeth present in your mouth, ill-fitting dentures can pose a serious threat to your oral health! If you have partial dentures that aren’t properly secured, they can grate on your natural teeth, wearing down their enamel and causing discomfort. This can also lead to chips and cracks in your teeth. When your natural teeth are damaged, they are susceptible to things like tooth decay, which can lead to gum disease and ultimately tooth loss.

Ill-fitting dentures can lead to many problems; take care of your dentures and ensure they’re clean and snug in your mouth so they can do their job. If you suspect that your dentures don’t fit correctly, you should contact your dentist immediately so they can get your smile back on track.

About the Practice

PeaksView Dental is proud to serve the dental needs of patients and families in the Bedford community. They house a skilled team of dentists with several decades of experience and expertise in a wide variety of fields including preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry among others. They are proud to offer many different treatment options including dentures! If you have any questions about the article or would like to schedule an appointment concerning your dentures, feel free to reach out online or by phone: (540) 586-8106.