Denture-work has helped millions of people who suffer from decayed, missing or broken teeth; however, there are some associated risks, side-affects and special care, which should be considered and understood before having a set of teeth fitted.
How The Mouth is Affected:
Most sets of modern false teeth are made from a special type of acrylic and are manufactured in dental labs. Wearing a set of acrylic, custom fitted teeth can help patients in many ways, including lessening the difficulty of mastication (chewing), creating a natural looking smile and raising self-esteem.
While denture work can have multiple benefits, the human mouth and jawbone are not meant to support the weight and pressure of false teeth. Ill-fitting denture-work can cause soft tissue damage in the form of sore spots and blisters. Denture bone loss can also be a problem, especially when a patient does not give proper care to their denture set.
Other common problems include bacteria build up, fungal problems that can spread to soft tissue and poorly fitting dentures that cause jaw joint problems, headaches and facial muscle pain. Patients are encouraged to speak with their dentists about all denture health care concerns before opting to purchase a set.
Avoid Sleeping With Them In:
Some bone loss is unavoidable with false teeth; it is estimated that up to 40% of jawbone is lost in the first 6 months after a denture fitting. Further re-absorption of soft tissue and bone loss can be avoided by removing the denture set when they are not needed for eating or other use.
One common mistake to avoid is forgetting to take the set out before sleeping. The soft tissue in the mouth needs time to heal and recover from the weight of acrylic denture work. Saliva, too, needs to re-lubricate the soft tissue surfaces. Wearing a set of denture work while sleeping, especially after after an entire day of use, does not allow for the mouth to heal or give the jaw a chance to “rest” after carrying the weight of the teeth. Additionally, taking them out at night provides a good opportunity to soak their denture set to help prevent against bacteria and stain build-up.
If the set cannot be taken out before sleep, or a patient forgets, then 8-10 hours should be allotted the next day to allow the mouth to recover and to avoid more denture bone loss from prolonged use.