If you’re missing several teeth, or even all of them, dentures a great way to replace them and let you eat and speak normally again. Sometimes it’s impossible for other people to even tell that they’re false teeth! However, it’s important that they fit properly in order to prevent problems from developing. Read on to learn more about why dentures in Jacksonville need to fit correctly.

What Are Dentures?

Dentures are sets of prosthetic teeth that are attached to a plastic base designed to look like gum tissue. They are usually made of either acrylic resin or plastics. These days, dentures can be customized to match each patient’s needs. Depending on how many teeth are lost, dentures can either be full or partial.

  • Partial denture: When some natural teeth remain, the partial denture is held in place by metal brackets attached to the natural teeth.
  • Full denture: A full denture replaces an entire row of teeth in the upper or lower jaw. They are held in place by natural suction and a denture adhesive, if need be.

What Happens If My Dentures Don’t Fit Correctly?

There are a few problems that can arise from dentures that don’t fit properly, including:

  • Sore spots and swelling can develop in your mouth.
  • Gums can become inflamed due to dentures chafing against the gums, increasing the risk of infection.
  • Not being able to chew food properly can cause stomach problems.
  • Loose dentures can cause changes in your facial structure.

If you notice your dentures not fitting properly, even by a little bit, let your dentist in Jacksonville know right away so you can get ones that fit.

How Do I Take Care of My Dentures?

Taking good care of your dentures is pretty easy if you follow these habits:

  • Visit your dentist every six months for routine checkups.
  • Clean your dentures every day. Use a denture cleanser or mild hand soap.
  • When handling your dentures, use a cloth to cover hard surfaces.
  • Unless your dentist asks you to, never sleep with your dentures in.
  • Soak your dentures at night.
  • Tell your dentist the moment your dentures become uncomfortable in any way.

Keep an eye out for any sign that your dentures might not be fitting correctly. Discomfort and irritation are the main things to look out for. If you experience these things, contact your dentist right away so your problem can be fixed.

About the Author

Dr. Jignesh Patel graduated from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale and has since chosen to settle in Jacksonville at Dental Center of Jacksonville. He believes in putting the patient first, in getting to know them on a personal level to help decide the best course of treatment. The practice has an in-house lab where the team can make and repair dentures to avoid having to refer you somewhere else. To learn more about the dentures they craft, click here or call (904)-262-9466.