Dentures are one of the oldest and most widely used forms of tooth replacement. They can restore your ability to eat most foods, and they can be aesthetically pleasing. Sadly, though, they have their downsides — including the fact that, on average, they need to be replaced every 5 – 7 years. Is your prosthetic nearing the end of its lifespan? Let’s discuss five signs that you should talk to your dentist about getting a new set of teeth.
Your Dentures Feel Loose
When your natural teeth are no longer present, your jawbone begins to shrink and change shape. This process continues for years, meaning that it can affect the way your dentures fit. Relining your prosthetic can extend its lifespan, but eventually, changes to your jaw will necessitate the need for a whole new denture.
Your Dentures Are Uncomfortable
After you adapt to using your denture, you should be able to wear it all day without any significant discomfort. Therefore, if you find that your prosthetic is irritating your gums or causing other issues, you should talk to your dentist. It’s possible that your dentures have suffered some damage or their fit has changed to the point where you need to think about purchasing a replacement.
It Is Difficult to Eat and Speak
Your dentures should be able to handle most foods, and it should be easy for you to speak clearly with them (after an initial adjustment period). If you find that you have a lisp, that your dentures slip out of place while eating, or you are using more adhesive than you did in the past, it’s possible that your prosthetic needs to be replaced.
There Is Discoloration or Damage
A damaged denture comes with the potential to harm your gums and other oral tissues. Additionally, it may not function properly, meaning you might not be able to eat and speak with it. It might be possible for your dentist to repair it, but there is also the chance that it is time to order a whole new prosthetic.
If your denture is severely discolored, it might still function — but it could adversely affect your confidence. Getting rid of surface stains might be possible, but some types of discoloration are so stubborn that it would be better to get a new denture.
You Are Ready for an Upgrade
There might be nothing wrong with your current denture. However, perhaps you like the idea of upgrading to a more stable form of tooth replacement. Ask your dentist if they offer implant dentures; they are secured in the mouth via prosthetic tooth roots, making them much stronger and sturdier than their traditional counterparts.
Should you replace your dentures? The above signs indicate that it is time to visit your dentist to discuss the possibility of getting a new set of teeth.
Meet the Practice
Dr. Hanife Canan Bayraktaroglu (Dr. Bay) is a dentist who specializes in creating functional, strong, and beautiful dental prosthetics. She is particularly passionate about providing streamlined implant denture services. To learn more about her and how she may be able to serve you, contact Smile Rehab Centers at 737-250-0304.