It’s an unfortunate fact that most denture wearers are unhappy with their dentures
. If you’re one of them, you might be tempted to try DIY denture modification at home to make them better, especially after your concerns have been dismissed by a cheap denture practice
But modifying your dentures at home can be damaging. Here’s why.
DIY Denture Fixes
You might think, hey, my dentures are already broken–they can’t get more broken, right? That may be true, but DIY denture fixes can have other problems. If you’re lucky, you might get them fixed, but even if you do, the fix is unlikely to last. And in the process, you may expose yourself to toxic fumes.
Dentures that you fix yourself might fit even worse than before, and very poor denture fit can result in a bad bite. This can impair your mobility and may even result in temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), jaw pain, headaches, and other results of an uncomfortable bite. Plus, dentures repaired at home are likely to break again quickly. Rather than trying to fix your dentures, it’s probably time to consider an upgrade.
Sharpening Dull Teeth
If your denture teeth have gotten worn down faster than they want, you might be tempted to try to sharpen them. Unfortunately, teeth that wear down fast are likely the plastic teeth commonly found on cheap dentures. Even if you manage to successfully sharpen your dentures without damaging or breaking them, they’re unlikely to hold the edge. The material is just too soft.
If you want dentures with real bite, invest in dentures that have ceramic teeth–they start out sharper and hold their edge better.
Adding a Soft Liner
If you are having trouble adjusting to uncomfortable dentures (or if you have bone spurs), you might think that having a soft, spongy liner in your dentures would be a big help. But adding a soft liner at home is problematic. The DIY soft liner kits offered online and in drugstores can damage or ruin your dentures. Plus, adding a soft liner to a denture is not as easy as it might seem. You might end up with a poorly placed liner that causes more problems than it solves.
And soft liners are at best a temporary fix.
Because your jawbone tends to shrink when you’re wearing dentures (and may shrink faster with cheap dentures), dentures need to be refit–or relined–occasionally. You might be tempted to try this at home, especially if you’re unhappy with the practice where you got your dentures.
But just like soft liner kits, DIY denture reline kits can damage or ruin your dentures. And there’s an additional problem–you might end up with dentures that fit even worse than before. These poorly fitting dentures can be uncomfortable and they can cause major bite problems that have impacts beyond your mouth, such as neck pain, headaches, and mobility problems. Dentures that don’t fit properly give themselves away. If you want dentures that don't look fake, talk to a denture dentist about a reline or replacement for your dentures.
Dentures You Will Be Happy with
If you are looking for quality dentures that won’t need to be modded to be comfortable, choose FOY® Dentures. Not only will the dentures fit right, look natural, and function well, but you’ll get great attention from your denture dentist.
To learn more, please contact a local FOY® Dentures dentist today.