5 Signs to Know When You Should Replace Your Dentures
Many dental patients report that dentures are comfortable to wear most of the time and having them in good working order is essential to a high quality of life. Although dentures can last a long time, they won’t last forever. As denture teeth wear down and the gums shrink as we age, dentures may need to be replaced. Generally, you should plan on replace your dentures every 5-7 years.
Your Dentures Feel Loose or Fall Out
It’s an unfortunate reality that some denture-wearers must deal with uncomfortable, ill-fitting dentures. Our jawbones remain strong and dense when due to the stimulation our teeth create. When teeth are missing, the stimulation is no longer there so the gum ridge becomes thin and weak. Over time, a denture that was made to fit the original shape of the mouth will begin to slip when talking or eating.
You’re Finding it’s Difficult to Speak or Eat
New denture wearers may find that they feel uncomfortable when speaking. They may find that they hear a clicking sound or have trouble pronouncing “f” or “s” sounds. It does take some time for the muscles in your lips, cheeks, and tongue to adjust to the denture. However, if you’ve been wearing them for several years without any issues and now find you are having difficulty with eating and speaking, it may be time to have your dentist evaluate your situation.
You Have Sores Along Your Gum-line
You may be happy with the fit of your denture but if your gums become irritated a develop sores, it may be time to replace them. As previously mentioned, as we age the denture teeth wear down and our gums shrink and change shape. A common cause for the sore gums is that food particles can get stuck between your dentures and your gums if the dentures do not fit properly. Even if they fit properly, you may still be able to get in between the denture and your gums.
Your Dentures are Damaged
Some damage to your denture is inevitable and may occur with regular wear. If your denture was improperly fitted, it may be misaligned and undergoing undue stress as you bit down. Damage can also occur by leaving them out to dry; brushing them with toothpaste with abrasive ingredients, using household cleaners to clean them, or by you bending, adjusting, or using a DIY Denture repair kit. If damage does occur, we recommend you gather up anything that has fallen off and contact your local dentist to evaluate the extent of the damage. In some cases, a broken or chipped denture tooth ca be repaired. If the damage is extensive, then it is time for denture to be replaced.
Your Dentures are Discolored
Discoloration of your denture is a good reason to have them replaced. It is possible to prolong discoloration from occurring with a daily cleaning routine using a soft toothbrush and denture paste. Soaking them overnight in a denture cleaning solution or water. You may also want to purchase a fast-acting cleaners and then soaking them overnight. However, even with proper care, over time your denture may still become discolored. This is particularly true if you drink a lot of tea, coffee, or wine. If you find your dentures are permanently discolored, it’s time to get them replaced.
We are Accepting New Patients at Our Troy Dental Office
If you are experiencing any of the 5 signs that your dentures need to be replaced, give Paul Mansky, DDS a call at 248-689-5508. Dr. Mansky and his dental team is committed to making sure your dental experience is affordable, comfortable, and personalized. Our dental office is conveniently located at 115 East Long Lake Road, Suite 18 in Troy. We look forward to hearing from you soon!