Dentures are modern dentistry's solution for irreversible tooth loss. First-time wearers should know that today's dentures are greatly advanced when compared to grandma's false teeth from a few decades ago. Even so, there are some common complaints that plague new wearers more frequently than those already accustomed to the wearing dentures.Dentures move around. It is the stuff of slapstick humor, but to those relying on dentures for a gorgeous smile, it's no laughing matter. Assuming that the dentures fit well, Denture Living suggests the use of a denture adhesive. The product is applied to clean, dry dentures. The dentures are then inserted in the mouth and briefly held in place.
Excessive saliva production. This is a problem that usually only plagues people during the first few weeks of wearing dentures. Experts suggest that sucking on sugar free lozenges encourages more frequent swallowing, which helps deal with the excess saliva.
Speech problems. Particular problems arise with the pronunciation of the "s" and "th" sounds. Denture wearers need to relearn how to make the "s" sound without whistling or lisping. Others experience problems with clearly pronouncing the "f" and "v" sounds. If the problem persists, the patient should return to the treating dentist for an evaluation of an upper denture's overextension.
Sore spots. If a longtime denture wearer experiences sore spots anywhere, it could be a sign that the dentures need to be refitted. If this soreness occurs with newly fitted dentures, you may want to try a denture adhesive that will help subside this. The right product will soothe your gums and prevents irritation.
Swelling of the tongue. When dentures are brand new, the tongue and other soft tissues inside the oral cavity must become accustomed to the fullness that a complete set of teeth represents. Taking out the dentures occasionally and then sucking on an ice cube or enjoying a sugar free ice pop can offer welcome relief. This should only be a temporary problem.
Redness of the gums after eating. It is possible that the dentures do not stay in place during a meal. This frequently occurs when a new denture wearer has not yet begun using an appropriate adhesive. Food particles could be lodged between the denture bearing tissues and the dentures themselves. The right denture adhesive will provide the needed stability for the dentures while also sealing out the food particles that can irritate the gums.
Most new denture wearers will experience relief after a brief initial period of getting used to them; Learning all about supportive products will make your dentures more comfortable over time.Content by Sylvia Cochran.