Do your dentures fit poorly? Dentures are pain — you have to take them out every night. Sometimes they fall out, which can be so embarrassing at restaurants. But when your dentures don’t fit, they are more than just inconvenient: They are downright unhealthy.

It’s not that your dentures changed — your mouth did. Gums can shrink, and this will cause the dentures to become loose and fit poorly. Bone can shrink too so your jaw doesn’t line up properly.

Problems Caused by Poorly Fitting Dentures

Dentures that don’t fit properly can be hard on your gums, rubbing and causing a mechanical irritation underneath your dentures. Overtime, this can cause an inflammation in your mouth and lips known as stomatitis. If left untreated, this can even develop into ulcers. As ulcers worsen, they can expose the bone underneath your gums to infection that can affect other parts of the body.

Chronic inflammation and infection also increases your risk of oral cancer. In fact, a number of studies have identified a link between poorly fitting dentures and oral cancer.

The Importance of Regular Checkups

That’s why we recommend regular checkups if you have dentures. A regular checkup can see how well your dentures are fitting and keep you up to date on when you need to have them replaced.

No, dentures don’t get you off the hook of seeing your dentist. Oral care is still critical because dentures require such special care.

Caring for Dentures

With proper care, dentures should last a long time. Brush your dentures every day with a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove food and plaque. You should also brush your gums and tongue. Always soak your dentures in room temperature water (not hot) or in a denture solution when you’re not wearing them.

Alternatives to Dentures

There are numerous alternatives to dentures. You could get dental implants, even a full mouth reconstruction, — the most ideal alternative to natural teeth. This can get expensive, but the convenience and resemblance to your original teeth is well worth it.

You can also opt for permanent dentures attached with dental implants. These are a row of prosthetic teeth held in place to your jaw by dental implants. Permanent dentures are just like your regular teeth — and there’s no need to fear your dentures falling out. Permanent dentures aren’t like full mouth reconstruction — only part of the dentures are implants; the remainder is a bridge similar to your existing dentures.