Denture care: Diagnosing issues
Could your patients have problems with their dentures?
Recognising denture problems in patients is not always simple.
- Adjustments should be made to dentures in light of the patient’s experiences or complaints1
- Denture bearing areas should be examined for trauma even in the absence of patient complaints1
- The importance of attending regular appointments for review should be explained to the patient1
Denture troubleshooting checklist
|Patient jaw size2||
Small lower jaw, flat alveolar ridges and a small basal seat can lead to poor denture stability,2,3 retention,2,4 chewing ability3,4 and denture satisfaction3
|Polypharmacy /medical conditions2||Ageing and increased medication use2 may lead to oral health challenges, and limit normal denture retention2|
Poor retention5 with changes in denture fit and comfort6
|Removable partial denture7,8||Excessive functional forces on natural teeth may cause further mobility and tooth loss7,8|
|Psychological and physical wellbeing9||Reduction in quality of life: discomfort, avoiding particular foods, difficulty relaxing and avoidance of social situations9|