5 Common Complications of Ill-Fitting Dentures You Should Know

A dentist examining some dentures

If you have dentures, you know they can at times be finicky. However, there is a definite line between difficult and dangerous. Once your dentures cross that line due to improper fit or damage, it’s time to see your dentist and talk about refurbishment or replacement.

But how do you know when your dentures aren’t fitting correctly? Continue reading to learn the complications that ill-fitting dentures can cause. These are the signs that you should be wary of.

1. Soreness and Discomfort

The first sign of ill-fitting dentures that you should watch for is pain while wearing them. Dentures should be custom-fitted to your mouth and cover your gums comfortably. When a denture doesn’t fit, it can cause inflamed gum tissues or general mouth irritation leading to throbbing soreness.

2. Trouble Speaking

When a good pair of dentures is well-adjusted to your mouth, your tongue and teeth work together to produce perfect speech. Are your teeth clicking together more frequently? Do you notice you’re slurring your speech more often or lisping? It may not be the result of anything you’re doing, it could be your dentures.

3. Gum Blisters

One of the hallmarks of ill-fitting dentures is the appearance of small lesions or sores on the soft tissue of your gums. As you eat and socialize, the acrylic of the denture may rub or scrape your gums. Over time, this can break the tissue and invite bacteria to pour in and cause infection.

4. Trouble Eating

Have you noticed that you can’t bite down without your teeth grinding, or maybe it’s painful to eat? This may be a sign that your dentures have warped slightly, or that your jaw structure has changed due to tooth loss. In either case, your denture may not fit properly, making it difficult to eat.

5. Headaches

If you ignore an ill-fitting denture, your jaw will start to become tired from the effort of adjusting to compensate. This can put a strain on your TMJ (Temporomandibular joint). This joint is responsible for moving your jaw. Once it is strained, it can cause pain in your jaw and also trigger migraines.

Dentures are a life-altering treatment that can give freedom and confidence back to patients who have lost multiple teeth. If you start to see any of these signs, you should have your dentist examine your dentures. They may need to be relined or replaced to solve these issues. Your dentures should feel good when you use them, so don’t ignore these symptoms!

About the Author

Dr. Breanne Anderson is a bright and talented prosthodontist with a cheerful disposition. She loves working with her patients and helping them cultivate the smiles of their dreams. Dr. Anderson earned her Dental Doctorate at the University of Connecticut and then spent three years in specialty training for complete mouth restorations. She is currently a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists, a prestigious honor. To schedule a denture consultation at Smile Rejuvenations of Southwest Florida, call (239) 933-5825 or visit the website to book online.