Dentures rest on a ridge of bone and gum 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, but
there will still be some change over time. This causes the
denture or partial to become loose. Sometimes a denture or
partial can be relined to make it fit properly. However, if
the denture or partial is worn or brittle, or if the change
in the ridge is significant, a new denture or partial may
need to be fabricated in order to obtain a proper fit.
As gums change over time, a sore spot will occasionally
develop due to changes in how the denture or partial rests
on the gums. If a sore spot develops, contact
us for an adjustment or relining of your denture or partial.
Dentures get bacteria build-up on them, just
like natural teeth. Soak dentures and/or partials daily in
a cleaning solution and brush daily as well. If all of the
stain and bacteria can't be removed, bring the dentures and
or partials to our office to be professionally cleaned.
Dentures can absorb bacteria and fluids that
cause offensive odors to develop. If your dentures appear
to be clean but have an odor, contact
us for advice on some simple remedies for removing these
Broken or Chipped Denture
Chips or fractures in your dentures or partials
can sometimes be easily repaired. Bring them to our office