No Gag Reflex and Dentures
Individuals with no gag reflex or with less
sensitive gag reflexes are perfect candidate for dentures.
The problem with dentures is its high tendency to
trigger a person's gag reflex so it helps with getting used with the
fitting when one have no gag reflex or at least believes (feels) they
Chronic gaggers on the other hand, are the worst
candidates for dentures and most just don't get used to
it. Since their gag reflexes can't tolerate their upper
dentures, they oftentimes have to remove it, otherwise suffer from
If you're not sure what gag reflex is; gag reflex,
also called pharyngeal reflex is a reflex contraction of the back of
your throat which is triggered by touching the sof palate.
Determining whether or not you have sensitive gag
reflex is rather easy, it's just a matter of putting a your clean index
finger inside your mouth; if you can lower it down at the base of your
tongue (or your soft palate) without gagging, it's an indication that
you have no gag reflex.
Though having no gag reflex is said to be a
symptom of some medical conditions like brain death, and damage of the
vagus nerve and glossopharyngeal nerve, one study revealed that one
third of healthy people do not have gag reflexes.
Gag reflexes, as with anything else can be
trained. Take, sword swallowers for example (you don't have to swallow
swords), with an untrained gag reflex, a person can choke or gag the
moment they try to put in a sword inside their mouth but these sword
swallowers got so used to putting stuff inside their mouth that their
gag reflexes isn't already triggered.
If you have sensitive gag reflexes, we have some
suggestions to help you feel more comfortable with your
First, here's a little background information on
upper dentures and why they can make you gag.
from the image that upper dentures basically cover the whole palate
which includes the soft palate which triggers the gag reflex when
This has been seen as the major reason why upper
dentures and chronic gaggers aren't made for each other.
If budget is not a concern, dental implants are
the perfect (and even better) alternative to dentures. They look more
life-life, permanent, and don't move when you eat or talk.
Another way around this, specially when you're
already wearing dentures is to have your dentist cut or remove a
portion of the upper
dentures' posterior flange so they don't touch your soft
palate. This will give you no gag reflex since the denture won't be
able to touch them anymore.
Yet another way is to have two implants on
opposite sided of your upper mouth and have your denturer drill holes
on your denture so the implants can hold it. This way, you can have
your dentist remove the whole artificial palate of the denture while
keeping the denture firm and in-place without the need of its palate.
The dentures' palate by the way is the one that
hold the whole thing in-placed on your upper mouth.
We're suggesting these work-arounds since not most
people who uses denture have the time to train their gag reflexes to
ignore the pressence of the upper dentures. This way you experience no
gag reflex even when you have very sensitive gag reflexes.
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