Quality of life with dentures can be significantly impacted by changes in the way you eat, including changes to your sense of taste. One complaint that comes up sometimes is that there’s a metallic taste associated with them.
Understanding the cause of metallic tastes can help you get dentures that help you enjoy your life–and your food–fully.
Partial Dentures Have the Highest Metal Content
You’re most likely to experience a metallic taste if you have partial dentures. Partial dentures are in kind of a tough situation: they are being asked to hold up to the full force of biting with your natural teeth, but they don’t have any support from your bones. They usually need to be reinforced with metal to survive, and metal clasps are used to hold the partial denture in place.
Although these metals are generally safe and mostly inert high-quality alloys, they can still cause a metallic taste. But if the alloys used in dentures are actually high quality and relatively inert, why do they cause a metallic taste? It may be that your mouth is an acidic environment, which could be partly due to dehydration or maybe it’s related to the presence of oral bacteria or your consumption of acidic drinks and foods such as soda or sports drinks.
It Could Be the Fault of Fillings
But maybe the problem could be related to what is known as a galvanic current. This is what happens when you immerse two different types of metals in a mineral solution, such as saliva. So it’s not your dentures themselves, but the presence of other metals in your mouth, such as metal amalgam fillings, that works to loosen ions and may cause a metallic taste.
You might think that this can’t be the cause of the problems because you’ve never had trouble with your fillings before, but it’s not the one metal that’s the problem, it’s the combination of metals that causes problems, so they could be causing the metallic taste even if they’ve never caused trouble before.
Eliminating the Metallic Taste
So what can you do if you’re unhappy with the metallic taste caused by your partial dentures? We can try eliminating metal fillings and replacing them with ceramic fillings, but it’s better to address the problem more directly.
Replacing your partial denture with dental implants or an implant-supported dental bridge will not only eliminate the metallic taste–it will look better and function better, too. An implant-supported bridge can be made entirely of advanced ceramic materials, reducing the amount of metal in your mouth.
But, many people wonder, what about the implant itself, isn’t that metal? Can’t it lead to a metallic taste? It’s possible, but unlikely, for two reasons.
First, dental implants are covered completely by your bones and gums. They aren’t exposed to your saliva. The abutments, crowns, and bridges can all be ceramic.
And even if the dental implants or related parts are exposed, they are made of titanium, which is a highly noble metal and resistant to corrosion.
If you would like to get dental implants in Westchester County to replace a partial denture, please call (914) 526-2144 for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake.