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Dealing with the Discomfort of Dentures

Dentures sitting on San Antonio dentist table at Excellent Dental Specialists.Dentures are a traditional solution used to replace missing teeth. They are still a common treatment used today. The denture is a removable prosthesis, consisting of false teeth set into a rigid base. Today, the teeth are made from acrylic resin and are designed to look much more realistic. The base is made from acrylic and is colored to match the color of your natural gum tissue. This allows the base to better blend into your mouth. While more realistic, dentures can still cause discomfort. Excellent Dental Specialists is here to help.

Keep Your Dentures Clean

Your dentures should be cleaned every single night. This should be done with a special denture cleaning paste or with soap and water. After cleaning your dentures, it is important to clean your healthy teeth, your gums, the roof of your mouth, and your other intraoral tissues. This is essential for eliminating bacteria, yeast, and other debris that can cause serious, painful irritation.

Remove Your Dentures at Night

Every night, you should also leave your dentures out while you sleep. They should be kept soaking in a denture solution to keep them moist. This will prevent them from warping, which can cause painful sores on your mouth. Wearing your dentures all of the time can be uncomfortable for your gums. It can also accelerate bone loss in your jaw, which can lead to your dentures no longer fitting properly. Leaving your dentures out while you sleep also gives your gums a break, allowing them to rest and reducing the risk of discomfort.

Watch What You Eat

While dentures restore your ability to enjoy many of your favorite foods, there are some foods that can be difficult to bite and chew. Foods like whole apples, pears, raw carrots, celery, crusty bread, crunchy foods, and foods that are sticky can all cause your dentures to become dislodged. When they become dislodged, your dentures can slide around in your mouth, rubbing against your gums and causing painful sores.

To avoid these issues, it is recommended, especially in the beginning, to stick to soft, easy to chew foods. As you grow accustomed to your dentures, you can begin to reincorporate many of your favorite foods. Some foods, like apples, pears, and corn on the cob can all be cut into more manageable pieces so that you can still enjoy them. Carrots, broccoli, and other harder vegetables can be steamed or roasted to soften their texture. Hard and sticky foods should continue to be avoided.

Topical Treatments

There are a few different types of topical treatments that can be used to help alleviate pain. Common remedies include
•  Saltwater rinses.
•  Aloe vera gel. Aloe can help to alleviate irritation.
•  Over the counter pain relievers, both topical and oral medications.
•  Black tea.
•  Cloves.

Trade Dentures for Dental Implants

Just because your dentures are causing you discomfort, this does not mean that you have to live with it. Instead, you may be able to trade your dentures in for dental implants. Dental implants use small titanium posts, which are surgically placed into your jawbone, to provide support for your replacement teeth. Rather than your gums supporting your dentures, the titanium posts absorb the impact when you bite and chew, making treatment much more comfortable. We can help you to determine if dental implants are the right solution for you.

If you are experiencing denture discomfort, we can help. For more information, and to schedule your appointment, call Excellent Dental Specialists today at (210) 598-8933.

Excellent Dental Specialists
14500 San Pedro Ave, Suite 200
San Antonio, TX 78232
(210) 598-8933
Excellent Dental Specialists
2020 Babcock Rd, Suite 10
San Antonio, TX 78229
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Excellent Dental Specialists
6961 Hwy 87 East
San Antonio, TX 78263
(210) 598-8933
Excellent Dental Specialists
1583 East Common Street, Suite 200
New Braunfels, TX 78130
(210) 598-8933
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