Notice a whistling sound when you speak? Are you having a hard time pronouncing certain words? A denture that no longer fits optimally can cause a variety of challenges to an individual’s speech caused by denture movement that can be both uncomfortable and embarrassing. But why does a denture’s fit affect speech, and what can be done to alleviate issues so that a denture functions well and a person’s confidence and speech are restored?
What Causes Changes To A Denture’s Fit?
As we age, the shape and size of our mouth’s change due to shrinking bone ridges and thickness of gum tissue. These oral changes are a normal and expected response when natural teeth are no longer present. Changes to a person’s mouth happen gradually, but can start to impact the fit of a denture once tissues have experienced mild to moderate remodelling. As bone and gum levels recede, a denture becomes loose and may feel too large for the mouth. A person may start to develop sores due to the appliance rubbing on delicate gum tissue. Unfortunately, the material that a denture is made from doesn’t shrink along with a person’s mouth, so in time there can be a discrepancy in size and fit, resulting in movement and comfort that prevents a person from speaking effectively and confidently.
Can The Fit of A Denture Be Improved?
Regular maintenance of a denture not only ensures that it remains in good condition, but provides an opportunity for a denturist to evaluate the fit and comfort of the appliance. Denturists expect a denture to need adjustments and relines over the life of the appliance, so they encourage patients to book a maintenance appointment to check the health of the denture and oral tissues. After mild oral tissue changes, the fit and performance of a denture can benefit greatly from a reline, which provides shock absorption and a tighter fit. This enables a denture to stay in place during functional movements like eating and speaking. Having a denture that fits securely can quickly improve a person’s speech.
Does A New Denture Sometimes Have To Be Made?
After significant weight loss, illness or injury to the mouth, a new denture may be recommended, as changes to gum and bone prevent an existing denture from fitting correctly. Having a new denture made not only improves a person’s ability to speak clearly, but restores comfort to the mouth as issues such as appliance friction due to movement are resolved.
If you’re struggling to speak with your existing denture, contact the team at South Calgary Denture and Implant Centre today at 403.254.5000