Before getting your dentures, you probably had some of your teeth extracted. This is necessary to prepare your mouth for dentures, but it can lead to complications. One of the complications that may accompany extractions is the presence of small fragments of bone or tooth that remain in your gums for a time after the extraction. Although your body should remove most of these fragments within weeks after your extraction, they may still be in your gums months and even years later. You may only be aware of them when they start to hurt, but they may not be a serious concern.
Tooth and bone fragments occur because it can be hard to get the teeth out during an extraction. Teeth are prone to break if they are cracked, decayed, eroded, or otherwise damaged. Although your dentist will try to remove all the broken pieces, some may be left behind.
Bone fragments can also occur during the extraction process when the tooth is removed from the socket. Bone fragments may also develop later if the sockets or ridge that hold the teeth are weak or damaged by the extraction.
Once the fragments are broken, you body won’t think of them as part of your body. It will try to work them out the way it removes similar foreign objects like splinters, slowly pushing the fragments out.
Most of the time, this process is complete in about 6-8 weeks after your extractions. But sometimes it takes longer, a few months or even years.
When you suddenly discover the discomfort from a bone fragment, it can seem like it came out of nowhere, but it is to be expected that as fragments drift through your mouth, they may move through regions where they are sensitive and others where they are not.
Obviously, the odds that you will have bone fragments under your dentures increases if you get an immediate denture right after extraction. On the other hand, the first set of dentures, sometimes called immediate dentures, typically have a soft, flexible liner that makes them more comfortable to use if you have a bone fragment.
As a result, some people might not notice the fragments at first, but pick them up immediately when they get their first permanent denture,
So what should be done if you notice bone fragments under your dentures? Talk to your dentist, but many times nothing needs to be done. You just take a few days without your dentures until your body pushes out the fragments.
But if the fragments don’t seem to be moving out on their own, surgery may be required to remove them.
Other times, your dentures may be hurting not because of bone fragments, but because of poor denture fit. In this case, better-fitting dentures can definitely help.
If you are looking for great dentures in Philadelphia, please call (610) 272-0828 for an appointment with a denture dentist at Dental excellence of Blue Bell.
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