But poor fit is hard on your dentures, too. It can cause them to wear out or break early.
Dentures are designed to be long-lasting, but if they are not properly cared for they may break much earlier than they should. Some dentures may break two-thirds of the time or more. This isn’t the dentures’ fault. They are made of good, durable material. Although they can break if dropped, this is not usually why they break. Instead, one type of break is so common, it accounts for nearly a third of all repairs performed in dental laboratories, and that break is caused by poor fit.
Bone loss with dentures is an unfortunate fact of life, though poorly fitting dentures can make it worse. As bone is lost, the alveolar ridge, which used to support your teeth and now is supposed to support your dentures, can shrink. When it shrinks, your dentures no longer sit on the alveolar ridge, but instead rest on the upper palate. This upper palate often has a raised area in the middle, which creates a balance point that your denture may rest on like a see-saw. As you chew, you put force on the see-saw. If you put force on one side or the other, your dentures will rock back and forth. But if you put force on both sides at the same time, it’s like putting two very heavy people on both sides of the see-saw. The denture is forced to bend, and over time, this will cause it to break.
You can solve this problem by getting better-fitting dentures. Your new dentures will rest on the alveolar ridge and not on your upper palate.
Bone resorption will always occur, so when you start to notice a poor fit, you should get your dentures relined. But with FOY Dentures®, resorption occurs at a slower pace, and you will find you don’t need dentures relined as often, and they feel better in the meantime.
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