An Overview Of Common Denture Complications

Dentures have a host of benefits; for example, they can help you chew better, protect your remaining teeth, and even overcome speech problems and even enhance your appearance. Unfortunately, there are complications that may derail your denture treatments, complications such as these three:

Irritation or Laceration

Sores and lacerations are some of the most common side effects of complications of dentures. The sores usually appear soon after denture fitting. They are typically caused by dentures that don't fit perfectly and bruise your gums. As you can imagine, eating and speaking become difficult if you have sores in your mouth. Denture sores may also develop after a long time when the dentures become loose. In some cases, the sores disappear after a few days; those that don't disappear should be handled by having the dentures readjusted.

Epulis Fissuratum

This condition, which is also known as inflammatory fibrous hyperplasia, refers to a condition in which the soft tissues of your mouth get enlarged and become prominent due to the action of dentures on them. The enlargement usually occurs as a result of too much pressure from the dentures, and they may make it difficult for you to continue wearing the dentures if you don't take care of them. The solution involves adjusting the dentures so that they don't place unnecessary pressure on your soft tissues. The enlarged tissues sometimes heal without treatment after the adjustment; if they don't, you may need to be surgically removed.

Denture Fractures

Your dentures can also fracture, especially if they are upper dentures since those tend to fracture more often than lower dentures. Here are some of the common causes of denture fractures:

  • Wear and tear that the denture experiences over time due to the biting forces it experiences on a daily basis.
  • The weakening of denture materials due to the action of hot and cold food on it.
  • The action of acidic food on the dentures
  • Improper fit of dentures that can interfere with the stability of the dentures making them  experience unusual pressure
  • Accidental breakage due to physical trauma

The solution depends on the cause of the breakage, so a diagnosis is first needed. In some cases, you may need new dentures while in others the existing dentures may be repaired.

Be alert to any changes in your mouth if you have dentures. Keep your dentist informed about these changes so that they can help you preempt complications that may derail your dental treatment. Check out a website like for more information and assistance.