If you’ve lost some of your teeth and wear dentures – you’re not alone! It’s been estimated that 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and that 1 out of every 7 wears either full or partial dentures. As you probably know they’re an absolute saving grace for anyone who has lost their teeth. They restore your ability to smile, chew foods and carry on conversations with confidence. But what if they stop fitting? Ill-fitting dentures can lead to a multitude of problems, but thankfully help is available from your dentist in North York, Dr. Eli Shem-Tov. With decades of experience and an excellent eye for detail, he can adjust your denture or recommend appropriate treatment so that you can get back to your life as soon as possible!
How Can You Tell if Your Denture Needs Adjustment?
Here are the most common indications that it’s time to bring your denture in for adjustment:
- Slipping – This is one of the most obvious signs that your dentures may need to be adjusted. You may think that slipping is inevitable, but in fact, your appliance should fit snugly and comfortably without ever slipping.
- Difficulty eating – While it’s to be expected that you have to make adjustments to your diet after first getting dentures, you should consistently be able to eat the same foods throughout the life of the appliance. If you suddenly have a hard time eating something it may be because the fit has changed.
- Pain or sores – Sore spots in your mouth mean that the denture is rubbing against one area in particular and could benefit from an adjustment.
- Collecting food debris – If more food than usual is collecting underneath your denture it may not be fitting as tightly as it once did.
How Can You Care For Your Dentures?
Although any kind of dental work is subject to wear-and-tear and must be replaced at some point, there are a few things that will you help you maintain your dentures in North York and get as many years as possible out of them. And always remember to discuss any questions you may have with your dentist for tips and tricks customized just for you.
First, always brush your dentures twice a day with a denture brush and either plain water or mild soap. Avoid regular toothpastes as they can be too abrasive. Rinse your appliance after meals to remove food debris. If you’d like to soak them, be sure to use a product specifically designed for dentures since other products can damage them.
Take your dentures out while sleeping and soak them in cool water to prevent them from drying out. This allows your gum tissues to “breathe” overnight and protects your denture at the same time. Don’t use warm or hot water as it can warp the appliance.
And above all, never hesitate to come in if you suspect your denture doesn’t fit the way it once did. We’re here to help!
About the Author
Dr. Eli Shem-Tov is a general, cosmetic and restorative dentist who is dedicated to helping all of his patients in dentures lead healthy, comfortable lives. He understands that it can be frustrating when adjustments are needed and strives to make the process as easy as possible. He can be contacted with questions through his website or at (416) 494-7878.