Dentures have been used for more than 100 years to replace missing teeth because they are affordable, convenient, and effective. As a result, about 15% of those with complete tooth loss have dentures made each year. Due to various advancements in dentistry, dentures more closely mimic the appearance and function of natural teeth. However, they will never fully feel like your real teeth. New technologies and methods have made the tooth replacement option feel more comfortable than ever while providing a secure fit. Despite these advancements, you may still experience some discomfort. As a dentist for dentures in Marietta, we have some of the common causes for your irritation.
If you have had your dentures for a while, you may begin to experience some slight discomfort due to pressure points. Over time, you will loss bone density, causing your gums to shrink. This can cause your dentures to begin to fit incorrectly and pressure points can develop. In one or two areas, your dentures may press a bit harder when biting, causing irritation. If this occurs, you are going to need to have your dentures re-lined. However, if your dentures are more than 5 years old, you may need to have new dentures made.
Tags of Acrylic
New dentures can sometimes have small tags of acrylic. These tags are left over from when the inside of the dentures were made. Since the tags are small, you may not be able to see them or even feel them with your finger. However, they can be sharp and will dig into your gum. Thankfully, your dentist in Marietta can quickly polish your dentures to remove the tags to restore a comfortable fit.
While all efforts are taken to ensure your dentures fit correctly, they may extend too far under your lip or next to your cheek. This can cause an ulcer to develop after a while due to the pressure they cause. As you move your mouth, the edges that over-extend may even push your dentures out of position, causing them to slip. If your dentures no longer fit as they should, you need to visit your dentist to have adjustments made or a new set created.
An Old Root
If you had your teeth extracted, an old tooth root may have been left in place. Even years later, the root fragment can begin to cause irritation. As your jaw shrinks over time, the small pieces of root can begin to become exposed. Your dentist will need to remove the root to stop the irritation.
Stop Denture Pain
There can be several different causes for discomfort you might be experiencing from your dentures. Untreated irritation can lead to sores and a decreased quality of life from pain. If you are experiencing denture pain, you need to schedule an appointment with Elite Dentistry. We will work to find the cause of the irritation to provide the appropriate intervention. If you are ready to stop living with denture pain, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.