Why Do My Dentures No Longer Fit?

Aug 13th, 2012 | By | Category: Geriatric Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry

Did you know that over time, your traditional dentures will no longer fit your facial structure? If you have experienced ill-fitting dentures, you know that the feeling can be a daily hassle. When dentures no longer fit your face correctly, they will slip out of place, become harder to hold with suction, and may even feel painful on your gum line. Our Richmond CA, dentist, Dr. Stefan Moiceanu will explain this phenomena and what you can do about ill-fitting dentures.

The Jawbone Connection

Your jawbone health is closely tied to your dental health. For example, when a tooth becomes infected with a cavity, your jawbone is in danger of also becoming infected and deteriorating around the tooth root. Additionally, gum disease puts your jawbone at risk of infection where the bone holds your tooth in place. This is why periodontal disease is the main cause of tooth loss in adulthood. Did you know that your teeth also keep your jawbone healthy?

How Jawbone Deterioration Begins

When you chew, ligaments connected to your teeth and jawbone transmit stimulation to your brain, so that your body will send nutrients to the jawbone. If you have a missing tooth, the ligament and chewing stimulation is missing. Your body will redirect the nutrients elsewhere to where your brain believes is a more worthy cause. The result is jawbone deterioration. Jawbone shrinkage causes your dentures to no longer fit properly because your jaw is smaller, leaving you with the discomfort of bulky dental restorations.

Replacing Ill-Fitting Dentures

If you are suffering from ill-fitting dentures, our Richmond CA, dentist, Dr. Moiceanu can help you feel comfortable again. Come to our Richmond family dental office for a tooth replacement consultation with our compassionate staff. We can help you find a solution for full-mouth reconstruction that fits your needs.

Call Hilltop Family Dental today at (510) 758-7222. Dr. Stefan Moiceanu treats patients from Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Vallejo, Pinole, El Cerrito, Hercules, Benicia, and the greater Contra Costa County area.

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