April 20, 2021
If you’ve lost all your teeth in one or both arches, dentures are a convenient solution to restore your smile. They’ve undergone several improvements over the years to enhance their fit and function. Although they are more durable than ever, your dentures will eventually need to be replaced. Not sure if it’s time for a new set of teeth? Here are 5 signs you should contact your dentist for a replacement.
1. Your dentures are loose or falling out.
Your dentures should fit snuggly and stay securely in place when eating or speaking. If your dentures feel loose or fall out of your mouth, call your dentist. The shape of your mouth will naturally change over the years. Unfortunately, your denture won’t adapt to the movements without the help of a dentist. Depending on the extent of the alterations and the age of your denture, your dentist will determine if you need to have it relined or replaced.
2. Difficulty speaking clearly.
If your dentures aren’t fitting well, your words may sound slurred. It can be almost impossible to speak clearly without a snug fit. You can try using an adhesive until you’re able to get into your dentist to resolve the slipping.
3. Discomfort or irritation of the gum tissue.
If your dentures are in good shape and fit well, you shouldn’t have any pain when biting or chewing. Any discomfort is a sign you need to see your dentist. If the issue isn’t corrected, it can lead to sores, lesions, and other injuries to your gum tissue.
4. Visible damage or discoloration.
Your dentures will experience daily wear and tear from years of chewing and grinding food. As a result, it’s normal for them to break or chip. In some cases, they can even lose their bright appearance or appear discolored. Your dentist can revitalize your smile by performing the necessary repairs or providing you with a new set of teeth.
5. Reoccurring jaw pain.
Sometimes, your gum tissue isn’t the only area to experience discomfort from poorly-fitting dentures. Your jaw can also become sore. You may even develop headaches from the irritation of the temporomandibular joint which is located on either side of your face, connecting your jaw to your skull. If the pain is frequent and doesn’t subside, your dentures might be the cause of your discomfort.
Stabilize Your Smile Today
You don’t need to live with the challenges of slipping or damaged dentures. Your dentist can reinstate a beautiful, functional smile using the latest solutions in dentistry. If you’re interested in permanently treating your tooth loss, ask your dentist about adding the stability of dental implants to your denture.
About Dr. Bobby J. Carmen
Dr. Carmen earned his dental degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry and continued his training to focus on restorative and implant dentistry. He can treat complex oral health issues, like tooth loss. If you’re ready to replace your missing teeth, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.
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