Poway and Rancho Bernardo, CA
Dentures are a viable option to replace missing teeth. But, your dentures must fit you well and be comfortable enough for everyday wear. Since dentures are custom-fitted and designed for your mouth, it is important that they can be worn without pinching or causing pain. Our cosmetic dentist in Poway, Dr. Nicol Cook, is sharing what you should do if your dentures are too loose and uncomfortable.
How are dentures fitted?
Contrary to popular belief, dentures are not a one-size-fits-all treatment option for missing teeth. But, unfortunately, many dentists only offer economy dentures, which don’t take into account the proper height and size of the teeth, or color. This often results in ill-fitting dentures that may have false teeth that look fake or unnatural. If you’re looking for a set of dentures that look natural, and also are comfortable, find out how custom dentures by Dr. Cook can make a difference for you.
What are custom dentures?
Custom dentures take many factors into account. From the size and color of the teeth and artificial gum tissue, to how the dentures feel when wearing them, Dr. Cook employs her artistic abilities to design the most natural-looking set of dentures that also are highly functional. Crafting dentures is about more than just a nice set of false teeth, but ensuring a comfortable fit.
How long does it take to get used to dentures?
When you initially insert your dentures, Dr. Cook will ask how they feel in your mouth. It is perfectly normal to feel a bit unusual or different at first, but your false teeth should feel comfortable. Getting used to your dentures could take a few weeks. While your mouth is getting used to this new normal, you might want to practice speaking and eating in private to become comfortable with how your dentures feel. It is normal to feel some gum tenderness at first as your mouth is getting used to wearing dentures, but a simple adjustment should fix this problem. Poor-fitting dentures or dentures that are too loose should be replaced. Over time, the shape of your jawbone changes, which most often is a sign that it’s time for a new set of dentures.
How do I take care of my dentures?
Your dentist in Rancho Bernardo recommends cleaning your dentures twice daily to remove food and bacteria that may have accumulated throughout the day. Cleaning your dentures often will reduce the risk of additional problems like gum disease or bad breath. Yes, even people without any teeth still can get gum disease, which is why denture wearers should continue seeing the dentist every six months. Just as with regular teeth, you must maintain a good oral hygiene routine of cleaning your gums and any remaining teeth that you may have. If you avoid regular oral care, you could increase your risk of gum disease that could cause your dentures to become loose and uncomfortable.
You can clean your dentures using mild, unscented soap, lukewarm water, and a soft toothbrush or invest in a special denture-cleaning product. Dr. Cook recommends storing your dentures, when not in use, in the provided container to prevent them from getting dropped or broken.
If your dentures show signs of damage or are worn down, schedule an appointment with Dr. Nicol Cook for repairs or replacement. It is normal to replace your dentures after several years, but the length of time depends on how well you take care of them, and how your mouth changes shape as a result of tooth loss.
Dentures in Poway and Rancho Bernardo, California
Dentures are a great way to restore your smile when you have missing teeth. By maintaining your dentures and notifying your dentist in Poway, Dr. Nicol Cook, when they feel loose or uncomfortable, proper adjustments can be made to regain the comfortable-fitting dentures you desire. If you have questions about dentures or need to schedule an appointment, feel free to contact Dr. Nicol Cook by calling (858) 673-0141 or request an appointment.