Why Do I Need Regular Checkups Since My Teeth are Fake?
Just like natural teeth, dentures need proper care and maintenance. Regardless of the type of dentures you have, you should have them examined by a professional denturist regularly to ensure they still function and fit properly. In addition, these comprehensive denture checkups can detect any oral issues early and help keep your teeth and gums healthy.
However, that is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many more reasons why regular denture examinations matter:
Dentures May Loosen
The tissue and bone in your mouth can shrink over time. As a result, your jaw ridges may shrink, resulting in loose-fitting dentures. In some cases, a person may begin to develop uneven or irregular teeth.
If you have loose dentures and uneven or irregular teeth, visit your dentist for a checkup as soon as possible. If left untreated, both these conditions may aggravate your mouth and cause irritation, soreness, and premature deterioration of the jaw bone tissue, which can lead to severe and irreversible bone loss.
Prevent Jaw Issues
The temporomandibular (TMJ) joints change shape throughout your life due to the bone modeling process. Maladjusted dentures can cause improper jaw function. Consequently, this can cause the temporomandibular joints to remodel and develop various pathological conditions, such as severe neck pain or impaired jaw function.
Diagnose and Fix Xerostomia (dry mouth)
Xerostomia (dry mouth) can cause serious problems for denture wearers. Inadequate amounts of saliva make it difficult for dentures to stick to tissues due to a loss of suction. Saliva also lubricates and protects the tissues from irritations caused by dentures.
The following are the main causes of xerostomia:
- Aging (Productivity of salivary glands diminish with age)
- Radiation therapy
- Inadequate fluid consumption
There are various ways to resolve xerostomia:
Increase your consumption of water. Water helps hydrate tissues and boosts saliva production.
If a certain medication dries your mouth, speak to your doctor about changing it. Always consult a physician before changing any medication, especially if you have a serious health condition.
Use sialagogues to increase saliva production. Sialagogues promote the production of saliva. There are two types: gustatory (for example, sucking on hard candy) and pharmaceutical (medications that promote saliva production).
If you suffer from severe xerostomia, you may want to speak with your denturist about implant dentures.
Are Plastic or Porcelain Dentures Best?
While artificial porcelain teeth were commonly used in the past, most people now prefer plastic dentures.
Generally, porcelain teeth are harder and heavier than plastic teeth. In the past they were viewed as closer aesthetically to natural teeth. Porcelain teeth are more prone to chips and cracks than plastic.
Plastic teeth have improved greatly in recent years and are now much more natural-looking. They are lighter weight and manufactured to resist chips and cracks.
The cost of both porcelain and plastic dentures is similar.
Do I Need a Soft Denture Liner?
A soft denture liner is a layer of soft material which is inserted between the surface of a denture and soft tissues. It absorbs shock between the hard base of dentures and the gums and offers protection and comfort.
Soft liners are more expensive than hard liners.
Soft denture liners provide a comfortable, gentle interface for those who experience pain or severe discomfort while wearing dentures. They’re suitable for people with sensitive underlying oral tissues.