Dentures are not only meant to look like your natural teeth, but are also supposed to function to them as much as possible. Unfortunately, not all dentures are created equal and it is very easy to find cheap dentures that do not fit correctly. If you have dentures, you may have noticed that your lips are frequently dry or sticky. This can not only be embarrassing and unsightly, but can also damage your lips and cause them to bleed. Often, the culprit is poorly fitting dentures.
How Dentures Can Harm Your Lips
Dentures are meant to support your face in much the same way as your natural teeth. This includes supporting the lips. A good pair of dentures will actually support your lips as well and can help maintain or even improve the shape of your mouth. Poorly fitting dentures do not offer the same level of support for your lips, and can cause your lips to actually fold inward especially if you are eating. This folding can cause food and saliva to dry on your lips, leaving them dry and cracked, and can increase the chances of you biting your lips while you are eating.
If your dentures fit especially poorly, you may notice that your lips fold inwards even while you are not eating. This not only leads to an aged appearance, but can also cause saliva to build up on your lips and the corner of your mouth. You may also notice that you are drooling more often, which is common when your dentures do not fit properly.
Not All Dentures Are Created Equal
Do not let your current dentures turn you off to all dentures. Dentures can and should be made to give you full function and comfort. Dr. Mejia and Dr. Sepiashvii at Advanced Dentistry of Tarrytown offer New You Dentures™ which are custom-crafted to specifically fit your mouth. First your mouth is measured specifically with neuromuscular structure of your face in mind. Then the specifications are sent to a lab to be crafted so that they look as close to your natural teeth as possible. New You Dentures™ can also be supported with dental implants so that slippage is a thing of the past. If you have any questions about your dentures or are interested in New You Dentures™ please give us a call at (914) 332-4402 today.