Many people mistakenly believe that dentures can last them the rest of their lives. This can be the case for a lucky few, but more often than not you’ll need to replace or repair your dentures at some point. The trick is in knowing the signs that your dentures are no longer working properly.
When to Replace Your Dentures
Below are a few things to look out for when checking your dentures:
Loose fit – If your dentures are too loose, you may notice that they begin to slip around in the mouth when speaking or eating. This can cause discomfort and embarrassment. Loose dentures are the result of shrinking of the jawbone, which is part of the normal aging process.
Tight fit – If you haven’t worn your dentures in a while, changes may occur in your mouth and your dentures may be too tight. This can cause pain and damage to the tissue in the mouth, so it’s important to get the dentures evaluated.
Damaged base – If the base of your dentures breaks or becomes damaged, this calls for automatic replacement. This is because the base of your dentures is the most important part of the appliance and, when broken, renders the dentures useless.
Broken or chipped teeth – Just like natural teeth, artificial teeth can be prone to chipping or breaking. Your dentures should be treated with care and, if damage does occur, the dentures should be repaired or replaced.
Stained or dirty – Lastly, dentures can become stained or dirty over time. The dentures can be brought to our office to be cleaned and polished, but if they’re too old, no amount of work will return them to their beautiful shine. This may mean it’s time to replace them.
As you age, the shape of your face and jaw may change, which means your dentures may not fit comfortably anymore. The typical patient will need to have his or her dentures replaced or repaired every 5-10 years. If you’re concerned about the fit of your dentures, please make an appointment here at SpringRock Dental. Our office is located in Aurora, Colorado.