There are several options for tooth replacement available to individuals in and around Smyrna, Georgia. These options include dentures and dental bridges. By answering questions such as, “Can dentures cause dry mouth?” Dr. David Lamothe of Smyrna Dental in Smyrna, Georgia, helps patients arrive at the best option for their situation and one-of-a-kind needs.
Dentures are a popular tooth replacement option, and they have been for quite a long time. Patients can choose from full dentures, which replace an entire arch of the teeth, or partial dentures, which typically replace at least a few teeth. The former denture is stabilized in the mouth due to natural suction or denture adhesives, while the latter option connects to existing teeth through specialized attachments.
Dry mouth is about more than just “being thirsty.” This persistent and severe dryness can be annoying, uncomfortable, and unhealthy. Without the proper saliva flow, patients have trouble chewing, talking, and swallowing. Dry mouth may be caused by a problem with the salivary glands and stress, anxiety, or dehydration. Many medications also list dry mouth as a potential side effect. Additionally, aging can cause dry mouth, as can medical procedures that damage the salivary glands, such as radiation and chemotherapy.
No. Dentures do not cause dry mouth. However, they can exacerbate the problem and lead to sores or oral infections. Dentures work best when the saliva in your mouth helps any adhesive products to stick to the gums. Without saliva, the dentures will rub against the gums or become loose. Over time, as gum tissue shrinks, the dentures no longer fit properly. Discomfort arises.
If you experience dry mouth, mention this to your dentist when considering tooth replacement options. Dr. Lamothe is happy to discuss lifestyle modifications and products to fight dry mouth and potential alternatives to dentures. Dental bridges, for instance, maybe appropriate for those individuals who are missing a single tooth or a few teeth.