As a Dentist in Kitchener, I see many new patients who come to us looking for ways to improve their denture. "It never quite fit the way I wanted it to" or "I can't get it to stay in one place when I eat" are things we commonly hear. So how can you get a better result? Well, today I'd like to give you a few tips for dramatically improving the fit of your denture!
When people think about denture adhesives, they think of the once popular messy pastes. Poligrip was a popular manufacturer of these pastes. People had no other options. But, now they do. Seabond is a mesh-based adhesive that fits inside your denture and can really boost its suction and fit. Best of all? Nothing leaks out and when you remove your denture at nighttime, there is no major cleanup to do. The product is inexpensive as well. I have switched many of my new patients over to mesh adhesives and they all love them!
Heard of relining your Denture? Many patients have not. In fact, I see many new patients who have been told that dentures only last 10-15 years and then they'll need a new one. Well, if you're happy with the look of your denture teeth and want only to improve the fit, a reline is for you. A reline is a permanent way to fill in gaps that develop over time as your jaws and your gums change shape. When you fill in the gaps between your gums and the underside of your denture, you increase contact area between the two! And the suction and "hold" of your denture is determined by contact area.
A denture reline costs about $300 - $400, so it's not cheap. But, it certainly beats spending $1,500 on a new appliance and the result you get is just as good.
One of the most common mistakes in production is that new dentures are not properly trimmed to enable full seating. What do I mean by this? Well, your denture has an outer border and this border extends under your lip and it extends downward beside your tongue. When you smile, chew, or speak, we activate different muscles that tighten and relax. This border has to be trimmed to allow these muscles space to move during function. If the border extends too far, a muscle can push on it during a smile or during speaking. This can cause your denture to loosen or "pop out".
Check in with your Kitchener Dentist to have them evaluate the edges or borders of your Denture. A small trim can go a long way sometimes!
Thank you for reading this week. I hope you've found the 3 tips useful!
If you would like to gain a second opinion about dentures, please give us a call at (519) 576-8160 or request a consult with me here. We provide Dentures in Kitchener and have been awarded Best Denture Provider in the Waterloo Region Record for the past two years.
This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your Kitchener Dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a dental condition or treatment.