These days, Americans are more aware of keeping bacteria at bay by regular hand-washing and proper food handling. Yet, little publicity has been devoted to the harmful bacterial presence in dentures and partials.
The material that holds the replacement teeth of dentures and partials is porous, meaning that bacteria can become embedded in it. Not only do bacteria reproduce at a rapid rate, these organisms eat, and therefore create waste, continually in your mouth. Bacterial buildup can result in painful inflammation, cracking at the corners of the mouth, redness and soreness. But, once established, disease-causing microorganisms (like Candida albicans, for example) won’t go away on their own. Ridding them may require powerful antifungal medications.
Full and partial denture-wearers should rinse their appliances after every meal and soak them in disinfectant solutions nightly. Not only is this process burdensome, many people sleep in their dentures and partials. The warm, moist, dark environment this provides is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. Periodontal infection can create periodontitis, a form of gum disease that can result in painful and serious problems, such as increased inflammation in the body.
Research has shown that the bacteria of gum disease can become bloodborne throughout the body via tears in gum tissue. These bacteria can spark (or increase) inflammation that research has shown to contribute to such serious problems as coronary artery disease, diabetes, preterm babies, stroke, and even impotency. Obviously, oral bacteria can cause devastating damage to one’s overall health far beyond one’s mouth.
Because dental implants are held by the jaw bone, they restore chewing comfort and biting stability. Dental implants allow you to eat the foods you love and laugh without worry. Dental implants help to preserve the jaw bone by recreating the stimulation once provided by natural tooth roots. They are safe and, when properly selected, placed and maintained, should last all your life.
We offer all phases of treatment in our office while you relax comfortably with I.V. or Oral Sedation. For a free consultation to discuss replacing your denture or partial, call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles.