Dentures rest on a ridge of bone and gum of the 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. Sometimes a denture or partial can become worn or brittle, or if the change in the ridge is significant, a new denture or partial may be needed.
As gums change over time, a sore spot will occasionally develop due to changes in how a denture or partial rests on the gums. If a sore spot develops, you may need an adjustment or relining of your denture or partial.
Dentures get bacteria build-up on them, just like natural teeth. Patients should be soaking dentures daily in a cleaning solution and brush daily as well. If all of the stain and bacteria can’t be removed, it’s time to bring them in to the office to have them professionally cleaned.
Dentures can absorb bacteria and fluids that cause offensive odors to develop. If your dentures appear to be clean, but still have an odor, contact us for some advice for removing those odors.
Broken or Chipped Denture
Chips or fractures in your denture or partial can sometimes be easily repaired, or if they are worn, it may be time to have a new one fabricated. It is a good idea for denture patients (with no natural teeth of their own) to have a yearly exam to check the fit and wear of your dentures. If you have a partial denture, it is important to be checked regularly (at least every 6 months) this will ensure that the teeth supporting your partial remain in a healthy condition.