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Swelling and Dentures - What You Need to Know


Posted on 8/13/2018 by Front Desk
Swelling and Dentures – What You Need to KnowDentures are designed to replace your missing teeth, allowing you to continue enjoying normal oral functions.

Unfortunately, dentures can also come with a number of drawbacks, the most common one being the irritation and swelling of the gums. This can lead to discomfort and pain, which can make it hard to do normal things such as biting, chewing, and talking.

The Initial Insertion of Dentures Can Lead to Swelling

One of the reasons why your gums can swell is if you are getting dentures for the first time. This situation applies for immediate dentures, where you get fitted with new dentures immediately after your teeth are extracted.

Since the gum tissues will not have healed, the pressure applied by the dentures can cause them to become sensitive and inflamed. Fortunately, this is not a permanent problem, and it will disappear when your gums start healing and become used to the dentures.

Movement of the Dentures in the Mouth Can Also Cause Swelling

Ill-fitting dentures is another major cause of swelling in the oral tissue. When your dentures are loose, they are likely to move around, which exerts pressure on soft and sensitive parts of your gums. This causes discomfort and irritation, which soon turns into inflammation and pain.

Poor Eating Habits Can Leave You With Swollen Gums

While dentures look like natural teeth, they are prosthetic in nature. On top of that, they are fitted on top of oral tissues that are sensitive. As a result, any form of excessive pressure on the dentures can cause the gums to be irritated and swollen, which is what happens when you engage in poor eating habits such as eating tough foods, and hard biting and chewing.

How to Prevent Swelling of Your Gums?

The following tips can help to prevent the swelling of your gums, saving you from uncomfortable and painful moments.

•  Properly cleaning the dentures - this gets rid of the food particles stuck between the dentures and the teeth, which prevents infections.
•  Removing your dentures at night - removing your dentures at night allows your gum to rest, thus preventing irritation and swelling
•  Practicing proper eating habits

Contact Us for Advice

Swelling of the gums when you are wearing dentures can be painful and uncomfortable. Luckily, we are always available to help you when you run into such complications. If you are experiencing swelling and want to get dentures, contact us right away for the best course of action.





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