Lower dentures can be more difficult to get used to than the upper set and this is mostly because the lower set lacks support from the tongue. It’s not uncommon for denture wearers to experience discomfort, pain and a feeling of looseness from their lower dentures. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the most common problems people have with bottom dentures and which dentures are best for the lower teeth to help you avoid these types of issues.
Common issues caused by lower dentures
They don’t fit properly
Discomfort, pain and slipping are often caused by poor fitting dentures. If the border isn’t sufficient enough to secure to the gums, it can slip out of place. If your dentures are slipping, rather than just putting up with it, you should advise your dental prosthetist, and they will be able to adjust them for you so they fit more securely. Most clinics have a lab onsite and the turnaround time is typically fast, so you don’t have to worry about being without your dentures for too long.
Mouth dryness is a common issue, especially amongst those who take medications or have medical conditions. If you experience a dry mouth regularly, you may have trouble with your lower dentures. This can cause pain and discomfort when you wear them. The saliva in your mouth plays a key role in securing the dentures to the gum by creating suction between the two.
When the natural teeth fall out, the jawbone can shrink as a result. The fewer natural teeth you have, the more shrinkage you are likely to experience. Wearing dentures can cause the jawbone to shrink at a faster rate as it applies additional pressure to the bone. The lower jaw typically shrinks faster than the upper jaw and as a result, you will likely need to have the bottom dentures refitted more often than the upper set.
Dentures take some time to get used to, and when you first start wearing them, you may experience some discomfort and some sores may form on the gums and the inside of the mouth. After a while, your mouth will adjust and the sores and discomfort should subside. If your dentures don’t fit properly, you likely will have ongoing, persistent problems.
A dental adhesive can help to minimise movement.
The best dentures for lower teeth
Implant retained dentures
Implant retained dentures are a great choice for those who are looking for something more secure than dentures alone. Dentures depend on suction to stay put whereas implant retained dentures are secured to the gum using screws. Screws are implanted into the gum and the denture plate is secured to the screws This prevents movement and it is a great solution for those who have slipping, pain or discomfort. This procedure is more expensive, and it requires more downtime; however, it is a long-term solution that makes wearing dentures more comfortable.
If implant retained dentures are out of your budget, modern-day dentures such as IvoBase Injected Acrylic Dentures can compensate for shrinkage and offer a secure fit.
Your dentures should be comfortable and not cause pain and discomfort. A dental prosthetist will be able to customise your dentures to fit you properly. If you need some advice on dentures, or to find a solution that suits your budget and mouth perfectly, chat to your local Gold Coast Denture Clinic to find a skilled dental prosthetists.