The Effects of Dentures on the Mouth and Lips

Posted by Dr. Soto Aug 26, 2021

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Dentures are a solution for tooth loss. Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth that are fitted into the mouth. This method of replacing missing teeth may not be the best for those who want maximum comfort and positive outcomes that extend into the future.

For many people, dentures may solve the issue of missing teeth but create new problems. Here are the most common negative effects of dentures on the mouth and lips.

Difficulty Chewing

Dentures can make it difficult to chew food as the lips may fold while chewing. Not only that, biting into certain types of food may cause the dentures to come loose. To properly chew food, your jaw needs to move correctly, and dentures, especially ill-fitting ones, can prevent the natural movement of the jaw. Many people with dentures realize that they just cannot bite and chew food like they used to, as the mechanics involved in eating with dentures are just not natural.

Dry, Cracked, and Bleeding Lips

When lips fold while chewing, food and saliva residue may get on your lips. When they dry, it can cause moisture from the lips to evaporate, which leads to cracked skin. Women who wear dentures may notice that their lipstick transfers to the dentures, as lips can fold even when not chewing. This could also lead to drooling and frequent biting of the lips. The skin at the corners of the mouth could become dry and red, which is a symptom of angular cheilitis, a type of infection common in people who wear dentures.

Mouth Infections

Other than angular cheilitis, another type of infection could develop, called stomatitis or thrush. Tiny red bumps can form along the roof of the mouth, as a result of yeast overgrowth. This could be due to poor oral hygiene or not removing the dentures at night.

To add to the negative effects mentioned above, when worn for a long time, dentures may cause jawbone loss. Eventually, the jawbone can deteriorate to the point where the dentures can no longer be supported.

Is There a Better Solution for Missing Teeth?

Now that you are aware of the effects of dentures on the mouth and lips, you may be wondering if there’s another option available to you. If you are concerned about missing teeth, consider dental implants as a treatment option. Dental implants are a great solution for missing teeth and will not subject you to the host of problems that denture wearers face.

Dental implants are surgically installed into the gums and serve as permanent replacements for missing teeth. Best of all, dental implants look and feel natural, are low maintenance, and there is no need to remove them like dentures.

Dentures in Plantation, FL

Dr. Ernie Soto is a reconstructive dentist, highly skilled in installing dental implants. If you are right for the procedure, dental implants could change your life. In our Plantation dental clinic, we offer the most advanced dental solutions and continue to learn new techniques that will not only solve dental problems but also give greater comfort to our patients and help give them back their confidence.

If you are interested in dental implants as a solution for missing teeth, schedule a consultation with Dr. Soto. Call us at (954) 368-6264 or use our convenient appointment request form. Our friendly staff looks forward to serving you.

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