For some people, dentures can cause gagging. There are many potential reasons for this, and many ways to manage it that can be used to achieve a comfortable denture.
Gagging on dentures is most common during the taking of impressions or during the adaptation phase. Gagging during impressions is of course temporary, but if it is too difficult to manage, making it impossible to take impressions for dentures, sedation dentistry can be used to help you relax during the process.
Gagging during the adaptation process is just a matter of getting used to the dentures, and will typically pass in time. Just give yourself a few weeks and it will likely pass.
Other times, people complain that it’s the upper denture that is making them gag. They don’t like the contact of the upper denture against the roof of the mouth, and insist that their dentist trim the upper denture to reduce contact. It’s important to understand that the upper denture contact is crucial to maintaining the denture in place. The base of the upper denture has to create suction with the roof of the mouth to hold the denture in place, and removing any of the upper denture reduces the effectiveness, leading to more denture slipping.
In the past, this was often an insurmountable problem, but today we have more options. We can make a palateless denture that can fit most people. If necessary, an implant denture can be used to ensure it remains secure.
Another common complaint is that people experience gagging right when they put their dentures in. This could be related to your technique of putting dentures in. You can work on this on your own or with your dentist to ensure you’re doing it properly to minimize gagging.
Other times, the cause of gagging may be psychological, and not physically related to the dentures. There are good ways to overcome this. Approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy can target the thoughts and actions that cause you to gag.
In other cases, though, your dentures may definitely be to blame for gagging. If you have gotten a set of economy dentures, for example, poor fit may be to blame for your gagging.
If you are looking for better-fitting neuromuscular dentures that can minimize gagging, please call (610) 272-0828 for an appointment with a Philadelphia denture dentist at Dental Excellence of Blue Bell.
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