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Dentures are a popular tooth replacement option. Patients can choose from full dentures, which replace an entire arch of the teeth, or partial dentures, which replace one or several teeth. They can snap into place over implants, or be held in place with a dental adhesive.
Dry mouth is more than just being thirsty. It’s the feeling of your mouth being so dry so often that it’s annoying and painful. Without the proper flow of saliva, patients have trouble chewing, talking, and swallowing. Dry mouth is not usually caused by a problem in the mouth, but instead, is a condition that is caused by a problem with the salivary glands. When caused by stress, anxiety, or dehydration, the condition can be reversed quickly. However, many medications 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.
While dentures do not cause dry mouth, they can exacerbate the problem and even lead to sores or infection in the mouth. Dentures work best when the saliva in your mouth helps the adhesive stick to the gums. Without saliva, the dentures will rub against the gums or become loose. Over time, the gum tissue will shrink, which leads to the dentures not fitting properly and the discomfort often increases.
If you experience dry mouth, be sure to talk to your dentist when you’re considering tooth replacement options. Many dentists will recommend an alternative method or will suggest dentures that attach using implants, as they help to stimulate the jawbone and tissue in the mouth.