Allergies to dentures is a tricky subject —one which has been studied for many years now and yet there is no definitive answer. Sometimes called burning mouth syndrome, the reasons behind the inflammation and pain that plagues wearers are different from patient to patient. Also, called hypersensitivity to denture materials, which would be the most candid name, the root cause of the pain can prove difficult to trace back to the source.
In this article, we will delve into the concerns readers may have about their dentures. As well as what does or does not help, the history of study in this area, possible solutions or alternative options, and what products are available to help.
Hypersensitivity or allergies to dentures are not reported often, but they do occur. If you have ever felt a burning sensation from wearing your dentures, you may be affected by this condition. Sufferers typically report being unable to wear their dentures for more than a short period before being forced to take them out due to the pain and irritation.
However, before jumping to conclusions, it is important to ascertain whether you have tried the commonly available solutions first. First, be sure that your dentures are the right fit for your mouth. Try to speak slowly, if you are new to them, it can take practice. Stick to soft foods and chew slowly, use both sides of your mouth. You might need to use a denture adhesive to keep them in place, use only a small amount and follow the instructions exactly.
Please be aware that some popular denture creams have been linked to Zinc poisoning. This can lead to nerve damage, bone marrow suppression, degeneration of the spinal cord and what is called “human swayback disease.” Others have ended up confined to wheelchairs and even one patient has died from Zinc poisoning because of denture cream.
A common problem is a mouth infection called Cheilitis. This presents as inflammation and cracking at the corners of your mouth. It is essentially an overgrowth of yeast in your mouth and is usually the result of your dentures not fitting properly.
Stomatitis is another infection caused by yeast. Symptoms are not always obvious but would include small red bumps on the upper side of your mouth, general redness around your mouth and especially around your upper dentures. Good care of your dentures and treatment by medicine is the best way of handling these two infections.
The history of dentures is quite long, able to be traced back to approximately 7,000 BC where indigenous Italians made false teeth from human and animal teeth. This method was kept largely until the 18th century. It was not until the 20th century that we began to see dentures that look more akin to what we find today, with the development of porcelain, acrylic and other plastic materials. At one point, the most popular material used was vulcanite, which is a method of moulding rubber, in this case to the shape of your jaw.
While the technology and techniques have advanced, some of the more advanced current materials may also lead to hypersensitivity or inflammation. If you have ruled out the other potential solutions detailed earlier, then it may be prudent to speak with your dentist directly. They may know enough about the topic to advise and test what might work for you. However, because it is a rarer issue, not all dentists may be aware of it. In which case, this article will help you.
The first thing to understand is what material you are allergic to, and this will be different for everyone. It could be the acrylics used, or the plastics, or the nickel in nobelium. It could be the colour pigment used in the plastic/acrylic. It is impossible to say without testing, so find this out first. Solutions are available for your allergies to dentures once this has been discovered. Your dentist can have dentures custom made from different materials, if necessary. This might be enough to help your issue. Or if you are concerned about Zinc poisoning (and showing symptoms), then please begin looking for a zinc-free denture cleaner or cream as soon as possible. Many Zinc free solutions are available, as this knowledge has been public for several years now.
There are Denture Cushions from Snug available now, that creates a temporary means for securing your dentures comfortable to your gums. These have been designed to be temporary and have zero Zinc in them.
After the controversy, many of the big brands were forced to remove the Zinc in their products. This includes the PoliGrip Super Denture Adhesive Powder (Extra Strength). This powder has been designed to hold denture tightly for up to 12 hours. The ease of this powder allows for a comfortable and natural fit to your mouth that helps form a seal to prevent food and germs from getting inside.
This article was written with the intent of informing you about allergies to dentures and potential complications, such as infection or irritation. Furthermore, we have delved into the history of dentures, how best to take care of them and the potential solutions available to you. If you are suffering from burning mouth syndrome or something that might be similar, please see your dentist for further advice.
Hopefully, with this knowledge in hand, you will be well equipped for any issue that might arise relating to allergies to dentures. Otherwise, the best solutions are to simply follow the earlier steps mentioned, such as keeping your dentures clean and ensuring they fit correctly. As well as applying a Zinc free denture cream or powder to ensure a tight and comfortable fit for your mouth.