Dry mouth and gum disease can also contribute to poorly fitting dentures. Is it okay to continue wearing dentures even if they don’t fit your mouth like they used to? The answer is no. Unfortunately, wearing loose dentures can have negative effects on your oral health.
If you wear ill-fitting dentures, you could develop sore spots and experience pain in your mouth. The reason is that your dentures will rub against your gum tissues, cheeks, and tongue, resulting in painful sores. Mouth sores can cause difficulty speaking and eating.
The pressure exerted by the dentures on the gums and bone can lead to the resorption of the jawbone, resulting in a sunken appearance in the face. Bone loss can also contribute to difficulty chewing and speaking and alter your facial structure.
Loose dentures can trap food particles and cause bad breath. When dentures don’t fit well, food particles can get stuck between the dentures and the gums, creating an ideal environment for bacteria to thrive. This can result in bad breath, gum disease, and other oral health problems.
Another problem with loose dentures is their effect on your digestive system. When dentures don’t fit correctly, they can lead to difficulty chewing and swallowing food properly, resulting in digestive problems. This can cause malnutrition, constipation, and other digestive issues, severely impacting your overall health.
You can avoid the negative effects of loose dentures by having them adjusted or replaced by your dentist. Your dentist will examine your dentures and identify the problem areas that need adjustment or replacement to ensure a proper fit. At Fleming Island Dental, we will ensure your dentures give you a beautiful smile and help improve oral function. Contact us for more information.