One common myth about dentures is that you don’t need to see your dentist once you have them. But your mouth is constantly changing, and regular dental visits help detect dental problems before they worsen. Another misconception is that people need to adjust to pain. While certain adjustments are required for first-time wearers, a good set of dentures should never be painful.
Not Too Tight
Too tight dentures require a tremendous amount of force while eating. People with upper and lower dentures have a biting force of about 35 pounds per square inch—all concentrated on one uncomfortable spot. Way too much force can injure the gums and jaw and cause tooth to crack.
Not Too Loose
Too loose dentures are no good either as they may slip, rattle or fly off. It’s embarrassing and unbecoming to lose your teeth while engaged in conversation, but it should be the least of your worries. Constant movement and resistance cause friction and may lead to wounded gums.
Dentures should never feel painful, especially if you’ve been wearing them for a long time. Adjustments are expected for first timers, but it should not involve any pain. Like a comfortable glove, dentures should fit snugly. Good dentures should stay in place while you chew, smile and speak. The key to good dentures is the fitting process: a skilled dentist adjusts dentures until they fit comfortably. Let your dentist know if your dentures are too loose, tight or uncomfortable.
At New Albany Implants, we design removable or snap-on-teeth that look, feel and function like the real thing. Snap-on-teeth instantly takes away years and improve speech and eating. Dr. Ron will help you understand all of your options and make recommendations to meet your needs and budget. Visit our New Albany, IN office for a consultation or call (812) 945-7645 to book an appointment.