Are Dentures Uncomfortable?

Are Dentures Uncomfortable?

As the name suggests, restorative dentistry services restore the form and function of your mouth. If you’re missing one or more teeth, restorative services can replace your missing teeth. While a bridge can replace one tooth, dentures can replace a full arch of teeth. 

About 90% of people who are missing all of their teeth wear dentures.

If you’re considering dentures, you might have many questions, and that’s okay. One of the most common is whether dentures are uncomfortable. That’s just the question we explore in this blog, courtesy of Dr. Roberto Palmieri here at Palmieri Dentistry in Mooresville, North Carolina.

Are dentures uncomfortable?

Perhaps you’ve had an older family member complain about their dentures. It’s true that In the past, dentures did rub and cause discomfort, but today's dentures are more comfortable and easier to use thanks to advances in technology and design. 

That said, there is an adjustment period when you receive your new dentures. Your mouth may feel a little tender, but this is normal. You can reduce discomfort by eating soft food, such as mashed potatoes, soups, smoothies, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, and yogurt. 

As you ease into eating solid food, cut your food into small bites to help you learn how to chew with your new dentures. After your initial adjustment period, you shouldn’t experience any discomfort, pressure, or sores.

What happens if discomfort persists?

Top dentures that fit properly suction smoothly to your gums. If your top dentures aren’t staying in place while you talk, eat, or laugh, you may need to have them adjusted. Your bone structure and gums can change over time, which can cause your dentures to not fit quite right.

If your dentures don’t fit properly, it can lead to discomfort, but a slight adjustment can help alleviate that discomfort. Denture adhesive isn’t a long-term solution for ill-fitting dentures. And never try to adjust or bend them on your own as that can lead to broken or cracked dentures.

In other words, dentures shouldn’t hurt, and making sure you have the correct fit is the key to eliminating any discomfort or painful sores caused by dentures. 

Tips for making dentures more comfortable

Keep these tips in mind to make wearing your dentures as comfortable as possible:

Most importantly, monitor for any sudden changes in fit and let us know if your dentures are suddenly uncomfortable. 

Are dentures the right option for you?

Dentures have many advantages, including the ability to restore the form and function of your mouth. Dentures replace all of your teeth, allowing you to eat comfortably, speak clearly, and smile with confidence. 

Wearing dentures is convenient, and the process to get them doesn't require any incisions or surgery. Also, dentures can replace your missing teeth if you aren’t a candidate for implants.

Dentures aren’t your only option

Although dentures are convenient, they aren’t your only option to replace missing teeth. In addition to dentures, Dr. Palmieri, who’s accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, also offers dental implants.

Unlike dentures, dental implants aren’t removable, which means you never have to mess with denture adhesive, sliding dentures, or denture adjustments. Dental implants can even support full rows of teeth, making them a comparable alternative to traditional full dentures.

Whether you’re ready for dentures or implants, Dr. Palmieri can help you find the right solution for you. To schedule your consultation, book online or call us at 704-247-6336 today.

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