Signs Your Dentures Need to Be Replaced

May 17, 2018 @ 11:02 AM — by belldental

Up close photo of man placing upper denture in his mouthWhen you are missing teeth, it not only affects your self-confidence, it also has a negative impact on your oral health. Patients who are missing multiple or all of their teeth on one or both arches can benefit from traditional dentures at our Lake Jackson, TX dental practice.

Although today’s dentures are crafted from strong, durable materials, they will wear out over time. It is important to recognize common signs your dentures need to be replaced so that you can schedule a visit with your dentist.

How Long Should Dentures Last?

According to the American Dental Association, dentures last approximately five to 10 years. If you have been wearing the same set of dentures for over 10 years, be sure to have them assessed by your dentist on a regular basis. In general, patients can maximize the lifespan of their dentures by having their appliance relined at least every two years.

Difficulty When Chewing

One primary objective of traditional dentures is to restore proper chewing function. Over time, as changes in the underlying jawbone occur, the dentures may become wobbly or loose.

This can significantly affect your chewing ability. The digestive process begins in the mouth. If you are unable to appropriately chew your food, it can lead to more serious digestive issues.

If you notice your bite feels off, or if it is challenging to chew certain foods, it may be time to replace your dentures.

Chronic Pain or Discomfort

In addition to replacing missing teeth, dentures also restore proper bite forces and place the jaw joints in their appropriate positions. Over time, if the dentures wear down or if there is further bone loss, it can have a direct impact on the temporomandibular joints.

TMJ disorder can lead to a number of uncomfortable symptoms, including chronic jaw pain, headaches, tinnitus, earaches, and facial nerve pain. If any of these warning signs emerge, you should schedule a visit with your dentist immediately so that he or she can assess your dentures and offer treatment recommendations.

Sores or Lesions on the Gums

When you first receive your dentures, it is typical to go through a period of adjustment. During this time, your gum tissue may be irritated and uncomfortable as you become accustomed to your new prosthesis.

However, if you have worn dentures for a while and you notice irritation developing, it could indicate an improper fit. If this is the case, you may require new dentures.

They Are Difficult to Clean

When dentures are fabricated, they are designed to create a tight seal with your gums to prevent food from accumulating. If you notice that more food is becoming trapped on the inside of your denture, it could be time to replace them.

In addition, small cracks or hairline fractures can cause a buildup of bacteria. If this occurs, patients will become more susceptible to gum infections.

Contact Us to Learn More

If you are a long-time denture-wearer, it is important to care for your dentures and replace them whenever necessary. At Bell Dental, our doctors can check your oral appliance on a regular basis to make sure it is functioning properly. To learn more about denture replacement, or to schedule a consultation, contact us online or give us a call at (979) 297-1201.

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