Dentures have been helping people restore their missing pearly whites since the 16th century. With numerous advancements over the centuries and in recent years, you can be sure to enjoy a lifelike, durable, and long-lasting solution for restoring your smile. Still, should your prosthetics start to get loose or not fit correctly, they can lead to major oral health problems, including oral cancer. Keep reading to learn how this can happen and essential tips to prevent it.
The Connection Between Oral Cancer & Ill-Fitting Dentures
With tens of thousands of cases diagnosed every year, oral cancer is one of the most common forms that people experience. Those who overindulge in alcohol or use tobacco frequently are the most susceptible to this issue. That said, a study in recent years found that poor oral health, including missing teeth, is closely related to a heightened risk of oral cancer.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dentures alone won’t lead to this condition, but ill-fitting ones can end up trapping debris (such as tobacco) between the base and the gum line. Additionally, having prosthetics that frequently slip can lead to mouth sores. The constant inflammation can end up raising the risk of complications like oral cancer. The good news is that by scheduling routine dental checkups, patients can undergo early detection and reduce their chances of developing this serious condition by more than 80%.
What Can Cause Dentures to Become Loose?
Whenever you lose teeth, your jawbone will no longer get the same stimulation for growth due to a lack of roots. Over time, this can lead to deterioration of the bone tissue, causing the rest of your smile to change. While dentures can help prevent dental shifting, the deterioration of the jawbone can still make them ill-fitting or loose. Your prosthetics can also start to slip because their structure has been altered via small cracks or exposure to hot water. That’s why it’s crucial to visit your dentist for regular adjustments—that way they can ensure your new teeth fit with the rest of your smile.
Tips for Patients with Dentures
If you’ve opted for dentures to restore your ability to smile, eat, and talk, make sure to follow these helpful tips:
- Avoid using tobacco products
- Refrain from using alcohol excessively
- Stick to good oral hygiene (brushing your gums and disinfecting your dentures regularly)
- Have your prosthetics checked routinely for any changes or damage
- Visit your dentist every six months to prevent and address oral health issues, such as mouth sores and infections
Don’t dismiss the situation if your dentures have become loose. Consult your dentist right away so they can help you return to enjoying your newly rebuilt smile!
About the Author
Dr. Brian Y. Lee has been delivering exceptional and custom care for two decades and counting. He studied at The University of Michigan School of Dentistry and is a member of various organizations, including the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Dental Association. If you’re having issues with your dentures or wish to schedule an appointment, make sure to visit our website or call our team at 770-213-8166.