Dentures rest on a ridge of bone and gum tissue. Over time,
that ridge will shrink causing the dentures to no longer fit
properly. If there are tooth roots that have been retained
to hold the denture (Overdenture),
or if implants have been placed to retain the denture (Implant-Retained
Denture), or if it is a Partial
Denture, the ridge will not shrink as rapidly as with
a Complete Denture, but
there will still be some change over time. This causes the
denture or partial to become loose. Sometimes a denture or
partial can be relined to make it fit properly. However, if
the denture or partial is worn or brittle, or if the change
in the ridge is significant, a new denture or partial may
need to be fabricated in order to obtain a proper fit.
As gums change over time, a sore spot will occasionally develop
due to changes in how the denture or partial rests on the
gums. If a sore spot develops, contact
us for an adjustment or relining of your denture or partial.
Dentures get bacteria build-up on them, just like natural
teeth. Soak dentures and/or partials daily in a cleaning solution
and brush daily as well. If all of the stain and bacteria
can't be removed, bring the dentures and or partials to our
office to be professionally cleaned.
Dentures can absorb bacteria and fluids that cause offensive
odors to develop. If your dentures appear to be clean but
have an odor, contact us for advice
on some simple remedies for removing these odors.
Broken or Chipped Denture
Chips or fractures in your dentures or partials can sometimes
be easily repaired. Bring them to our office for evaluation.