Denture Talk: What You Need To Know About Dry Mouth And Dentures

Dry Mouth and Dentures - Castle Rock Dental

When you are missing most to all of your teeth, dentures can help make eating and speaking far easier, as well as helping to prevent your face from having a sunken in look. But, sometimes, dentures wearers can suffer from dry mouth, which can have a significant impact on your oral health.

What Is Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is a fairly self-explanatory condition—it occurs when your mouth isn’t producing enough saliva, and your mouth becomes dry. The saliva in your mouth plays several critical roles, such as:

  • Helps to lubricate it
  • Protect your mouth from excessive bacteria build-up
  • Create a seal between your dentures and gums

Without these protections, you can experience a variety of uncomfortable symptoms that can lead to oral health issues.

Common Problems Experienced By Those With Dry Mouth And Dentures

While having dry mouth occasionally is a common experience, if you have found that your dentures are causing you to regularly have a dry mouth, a number of issues can arise. Some of the symptoms of dry mouth are:

  • Bad breath
  • Dry cracks forming at the corners of your mouth
  • Taste of food altered
  • Difficulty enunciating and speaking clearly
  • Sore mouth
  • Tongue looks like small pebbles are on it
  • Parched, red mouth

If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, then you should address the dry mouth before it becomes worse. If your mouth remains dry for too long, you can face a number of uncomfortable problems, such as:

  • Oral infections like Candida, denture stomatitis, and angular cheilitis, all of which are types of fungal infections.
  • Cracked and bleeding lips that require constant lip balm application to prevent further cracking.
  • Faster tooth decay, if you have any remaining natural teeth.

How Dentures Can Lead To Dry Mouth

While dentures are an excellent solution to many oral health issues, if they are not properly fitted, they can lead to dry mouth and the problems associated with dry mouth.

Often, the fit of your dentures when you first receive them is perfect for your mouth, as they have been fabricated from an impression made of your mouth. But, over time, your jawbone density changes when you wear traditional dentures, which will alter the shape of your gums.

Once the shape of your gums has changed, your dentures will no longer rest correctly on them, leading to slipping and saliva becoming trapped in-between your gums and the dentures. It also can cause your dentures to shift and rub, creating sores on your gums and leaving openings for infections.

However, you don’t have to just live with dry mouth and ill-fitting dentures. Our dentists here at Castle Rock Dental can help correct both of these problems.

Castle Rock Dental Can Address Your Dentures And Dry Mouth Issues

By working with our dentists here at Castle Rock Dental, you can have both your dry mouth resolved, and your denture issues addressed. Our dentists can make some adjustments to your dentures’ fit in-house and determine when it needs to be sent to the dentures lab.

Also, you may want to talk about some of our other dental services, such as implanted dentures. With implanted dentures, your dentures are securely anchored to your jawbone, and your saliva doesn’t have to work as hard to keep your dentures suctioned to your gums. There are other benefits to implanted dentures, so if you are interested, we recommend consulting with our dentists to see if it a good option for you.

As for the dry mouth, often the problem is resolved when your dentures fit appropriately. But, if further assistance is needed, our dentists can provide insight on what steps you should take.

So, if you need assistance with your denture, whether help with the fit or an issue that has come up, contact us. Our dentists are highly experienced in working with dentures and can help you start enjoying your dentures again.

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