Patients here in Brooklyn, NY who have restored their smiles with dentures know just how life-changing this dental treatment can be. After all, tooth loss can negatively affect oral health, overall health, confidence, and quality of life. Restoring missing teeth with dentures is an affordable and simple solution. We’ve seen success stories from countless patients from Brooklyn Heights Dental with the help of dentures.
With all that being said, there are plenty of potential dangers you should be aware of as well. We believe that it is important for patients with dentures to educate themselves on these potential dangers. One common danger that many patients overlook is the risks associated with sleeping with their denture in. Sleeping with your dentures in can cause problems for your gums and the longevity of your dentures. To explain more about this subject, Dr. Eugene Stanislaus gives patients here in Brooklyn an in-depth look at the dangers associated with sleeping with dentures in.
Wearing Dentures at Night
Patients can feel tempted to wear dentures at night for a few different reasons. We find that most patients wear their dentures at night because they either forget to take them out or they do not like to ever be without teeth. Regardless of the reason, we’d like the stress the importance of taking your dentures out while you sleep.
One particular danger associated with sleeping with dentures is the acceleration of resorption and bone loss. Although dentures have the ability to restore missing teeth, speaking ability, and chewing power, bone loss and resorption are downfalls you should be aware of. Since the denture sits on the gums, this will cause the bone volume and density to decrease over time. If you wear your denture 24/7, you will speed up this process. Eventually, the bone won’t be able to support your denture, which will make them feel uncomfortable and unstable. This can also change the look of the entire face since the underlying jawbone is so important for facial features.
Another big problem associated with wearing dentures at night is the hygienic concerns. The surfaces of the denture can easily accumulate bacteria and plaque. This can then cause odors, gum irritation, and even gum infections. Gum inflammation is very common among patients who sleep with their dentures in because saliva flow naturally decreases at night. The tissue underneath the denture will become inflamed and infected with yeast in a condition known as denture stomatitis. Another condition known angular cheilitis, which is characterized by the cracking of the corners of the mouth, will also commonly occur with denture stomatitis.
Of course, your denture won’t just affect the area around your mouth. There have been countless studies linking overall wellness with issues regarding oral health. Pneumonia is a concern that is especially relevant for patients with dentures because sleeping with dentures can significantly increase your risk for pneumonia. A study looked at 542 nursing home residents and found that seniors who wore their dentures while they slept were 2.3 times more likely to die or be hospitalized from pneumonia than those who did not sleep with their dentures in. Researchers believe that breathing with dentures in can help to move pneumonia-causing bacteria from the mouth into the lungs.
Contact Brooklyn Heights Dental
We hope that our patients here in Brooklyn have found this helpful. Sleeping with dentures in can put your oral health and overall health at serious risk. Of course, you shouldn’t let this deter you from pursuing restorative treatment. If you’re currently dealing with tooth loss, we recommend restoring your smile as soon as possible. To get started with your dentures, contact our office today to schedule your no-obligation consultation with Dr. Stanislaus.