I had a patient come in who loved hamburgers; the texture, the taste, even cooking them. This was a wiser patient, over the retirement age; he came in because he could no longer enjoy his favorite food. Every time he bit into or chewed a food his teeth moved causing untold discomfort and misery.
People grind their teeth, but imagine grinding your whole mouth and it moving while you did. If you have ever had arthritis you know the pain of inflammation. Having your entire mouth hurt (gums, roof, lips, everything) is a pain only those who experience it can imagine.
The reason for dentures is simple; periodontal disease has decayed the teeth so much that they are no longer useful. Though people are taking better care of their teeth, now that most dentists can tweet about the importance of “teeth care,” there are still one in six people over the age of 60 who have or will have dentures. And since folks keep their dentures seven years or more and rarely have them looked at, problems arise. So, if you have dentures that move when you eat or you feel great discomfort, the following is what you should do:
- Relining. A liquid acrylic molds the denture closely to the shape of the gums.
- Recasting. The dentures can be re-made to get a better fit.
- Mini-implants. Mini implants are inserted into the bone, to stabilize dentures. This minimally invasive procedure can typically be accomplished in one visit.
Just remember it doesn’t matter why your dentures hurt, only that they do. As we are coming more and more knowledgeable about our bodies, we just have to remember what an integral part of our body our teeth are.
Call today for your free implant or denture consultation.
Dr. Irene Glanville, Wellness Springs Dental
3460 LIBERTY RD S SALEM, OR 97302 (503) 371-2424