May 4, 2019
Do you wear dentures in Orlando? Do you frequently experience problems with slippage? Maybe they don’t fit like they used to and are causing discomfort. No matter the problem, you want to be confident in your tooth replacement solution, which is why it can be difficult when your dentures are working as they should. Here are some of the most common problems denture-wearers face and tips for improvement.
Slippage or Ill-Fitting? Common Problems with Dentures
While dentures can restore the look of your smile, it can be difficult adjusting to this foreign object in your mouth. Over time, you might find that you are experiencing more and more problems with your dentures, leading you to wonder if you made the right decision in the first place. If any of these situations sound familiar, you’re not alone.
- Having a hard time eating. When trying to eat with dentures, you can experience accidental slippage because of the pressure used to bite and chew. Some foods like nuts or seeds can even get under your dentures and cause extreme discomfort.
- Difficulty speaking. Your tongue is used to help you speak clearly, and once you’ve been without teeth for some time, you might find that trying to speak with dentures in is quite difficult. You must learn to move your tongue around them in order to sound clear.
- Accidental slippage. It’s not only eating that can cause your dentures to slip. Smiling, laughing, and even coughing can cause them to move out of place.
- Problems with cleaning. Unfortunately, just because your dentures look like natural teeth doesn’t mean they are to be cleaned the same way. Cleaning your dentures requires using the right cleaner and tools. If you don’t clean them enough, that can be problematic. However, if you don’t use the right products, you can actually damage your dentures.
Tips for Improvement
If any of the problems listed above apply to you, don’t worry, there are ways you can avoid and/or practice to make it easier to live with dentures. Some useful tips include:
- Using dental adhesive will help prevent accidental slippage. Your natural suction should be enough to hold them in place, but it might take some time getting your facial muscles used to keeping them in place.
- Brushing your dentures daily to keep them healthy and clean. Avoid regular toothpaste, as it is abrasive and can damage your dentures. Instead, use a denture cleaner or mild hand soap to safely clean them.
- Practicing speaking in private to try and get used to talking clearly with your dentures in. You can read a book aloud or talk to yourself. Over time, you will become more comfortable with your dentures and begin to make clearer sounds.
- Avoiding hard, sticky foods, especially in the beginning. Soft, smaller foods can make it easier to chew, and if you want to keep your dentures stable, chew with both sides of your mouth.
Implant-Retained Dentures: A More Permanent Solution
Have you tried all these tips and still not achieving success with your dentures? Not to worry. There is an option that provides a more permanent and stable smile: implant-retained dentures. Just like a regular dental implant, these are surgically placed into your jawbone, providing a secure foundation for your customized dentures.
With implant-retained dentures, you will regain about 70% of your biting force, which will give you back the confidence you need to eat and chew comfortably. While it’s important that you have enough bone density to hold the implants in place, your dentist in Orlando can provide additional options to make implant-retained dentures a possibility.
Apart from having a natural look and feel, some of the additional benefits include:
- A 95% success rate
- No slippage or irritation
- Can last for decades
- It is cost-effective
- Protects your facial structure
- Preserves your jawbone
Don’t keep living with dentures that make you miserable. With implant-retained dentures, you’ll feel more comfortable and confident, keeping you smiling for decades or longer!
About the author
Dr. John E. Russo, DMD, earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Florida before achieving his dental DMD degree with honors from the University of Florida in 1993. He also earned his Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) from Wright-Patterson Medical Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Dr. Russo and his team want to help restore your smile. Whether it’s with dentures or implant-retained dentures, we can give you back your smile and have you on your way with increased confidence. For questions about Dr. Russo or how we can help you, contact us via our website or call (407) 843-2112.
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