Dentures and Oral Infections

By Dr. Damon on September 26, 2018

Broken partial denture on plain white surfacePatients with significant tooth loss can benefit from dentures at our Fort Worth, TX practice. While this solution is an excellent and affordable choice for restoring aesthetics and function, dentures can trigger certain oral health complications.

Today, our doctors discuss dentures and oral infections and explain how patients can avoid these issues.

Why Do Oral Infections Occur among Patients that Wear Dentures?

Dentures, although strong and resilient, will not last forever. In fact, no matter what material your dentures are crafted from, they have an average lifespan of seven to 10 years.

As dentures age, they can develop tiny cracks and hairline fractures. These areas can harbor bacteria and cause dental complications, including oral infections.

This is one of the many reasons we recommend having your denture assessed at least once a year. Your dentist can evaluate the condition of your prosthesis and adjust it for a proper fit, helping you avoid oral infections and other problems.

Common Oral Infections Linked to Denture Wear

Individuals who wear dentures have a higher risk of developing oral infections, especially if their appliance is over 10 years old. Two of the common infections associated with dentures include:

  • Cheilitis: This condition is characterized by inflamed, cracked skin near the corners of the mouth. Cheilitis is caused by yeast (candida), which tends to accumulate in areas of the mouth where your denture does not fit properly.  
  • Stomatitis: Characterized by red oral tissues or tiny red bumps on the palate, stomatitis is also caused by an overgrowth of yeast. These symptoms are not always apparent, making it difficult for patients to know there is a problem.

If you notice signs of an oral infection, schedule a visit with your doctor right away. These conditions can be successfully treated with medications and improved denture care.

Denture Care Tips

Of course, the best way to prevent oral infections is to care for your dentures properly. Here are a few recommendations:

  • Clean your dentures every day: In addition to rinsing dentures after every meal, patients should clean them with a soft-bristled brush and denture cleanser at least once daily.
  • Clean your mouth: When you clean your dentures, it is important to clean your oral soft tissues as well. Be sure to brush your gums, tongue, cheeks, and palate before putting in your dentures.
  • Use care and caution: Dentures are strong, but they can break if dropped. We recommend placing a towel in the sink or on the countertop when cleaning your dentures. That way, if you accidentally drop them, they will be protected.
  • Do not sleep with your dentures: Unless your dentist directs you otherwise, do not wear your dentures when you sleep.
  • Store your dentures properly: When they are not in your mouth, be sure to soak your dentures in warm water or a cleaning solution. Your appliance must stay moist to keep its shape.

Contact Texas Denture Clinic

If you wear dentures, know your risk for oral infections and other complications. If you suspect a denture-related issue is going on, schedule an appointment at our clinic today. Call us or contact Texas Denture Clinic online.

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