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Answers to Denturye Questions - March 2016


Answers to Denture Questions
Beachwood Dental Arts

Why don’t my dentures seem to fit anymore?
You are aware that the bone of the mouth holds and supports the teeth, but our teeth also support the bone.  Therefore, when the teeth are removed the bone loses the stimulation once provided by the teeth and roots and over time, atrophy (shrinkage) takes place.

As a result, dentures that were once made to fit your mouth may no longer fit.  This can occur several months after the initial extractions or after several years.  People try to compensate by using more and more adhesive and  this can cause even faster loss of bone and a worse fit.

Relining a denture can help in adapting the denture to the shape change.  Also implants help to secure dentures and stimulate the bone.

Do I need to see a dentist if I am not having any symptoms or discomfort?
Yes.  Even if you do not have any symptoms, you can still have dental health problems that only a dentist can diagnose.  Regular dental visits help prevent problems from developing.

Keeping your mouth healthy is essential to your general health.  Keep your dentist aware of changing medical conditions as it can affect your dental health too.  

What causes Dry Mouth?
We all need our saliva to moisten and cleanse our mouth and help digest our food.  Saliva also prevents infection controlling bacteria and fungi in the mouth.  Dry mouth is a common side effect of many prescriptions and nonprescription drugs, certain diseases and infections, medical treatments, nerve damage and personal habits such as mouth breathing

Dry mouth can cause decay, sores in the mouth, bad breath, and other concerns. The dentist can provide various methods of helping to relieve the problems associated with this condition.

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