Feel Good. Look Good. Because Dentistry Isn't Just A Science, It’s An Art.
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Steven Fife DDS, PC
2240 Grande Blvd SE Suite 101
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
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When Dentures Don’t Fit

Patients are fortunate to have dentures as an option for replacing missing teeth, allowing for everyday activities often taken for granted: eating, talking, and smiling. Dentures can even make us look younger and feel more confident. It’s no secret, though, that dentures can be frustrating-if the fit isn’t just right.

It is particularly common to have problems with a lower denture. Why is this? One reason is that the lower gums are naturally more sensitive and the skin is more delicate. When the lower denture moves, it can scrape, push and manipulate the skin causing irritation and sore spots. Another reason for problems with a lower denture is due to the smaller surface area of the lower arch, causing poor suction and, therefore, giving little for the denture to adhere to. The biggest reason for a mobile denture, though, is that darn tongue which seems to be constantly trying to move the denture around.

So what can be done about a loose denture? A great option that patients may not be aware of is the placement of mini-implants. Mini-implants are smaller than traditional dental implants and ideal for denture patients. Placing mini-implants on the lower and/or upper jaw can give excellent retention and stability. They allow a denture to be locked into position so it cannot move except when intentionally removed. Most of the time, when mini-implants are placed, the patient can use the same denture they are currently wearing.

Ask Dr. Fife

Question: Should I add mouthwash to my dental hygiene routine?

Answer: Unless a therapeutic mouthwash is prescribed by your dentist or hygienist to help treat a pre-existing periodontal or dental caries issue, it is not necessary to use mouthwash to maintain good oral hygiene. However, it is fine to use an over-the-counter mouthwash as long as it doesn’t contain alcohol. Alcohol creates a dry mouth environment which, in turn, causes halitosis (bad breath) shortly thereafter.