Signs You Need New Dentures
By Stephen Rogers on May 09, 2018
When it comes to multiple or full-arch teeth replacement, dentures are an affordable, effective, option. With today’s advanced materials, dentures are more durable and resilient than ever before. Despite their strength and durability, however, they will not last forever.
How do you know if the life cycle of your denture is reaching its end? Today, our team at Greater Long Island Dental in Long Island, NY will explore the signs that indicate you need new dentures.
Shifting or Slipping
One of the most common effects of tooth loss is bone atrophy. Once the teeth are missing, the jawbone begins to recede and change shape over time. Dentures can help stall bone degeneration, but unfortunately, they cannot stop it altogether.
Therefore, after a few years of denture wear, patients typically notice that their prostheses are not fitting as snugly as they once were. As a result, the dentures tend to move around and slip during routine tasks, such as chewing, eating, or speaking.
Sore Spots or Gum Irritation
As the dentures shift, they can cause areas of irritation, much like calluses. As the underlying jawbone continues to change, the bite forces can become unbalanced, placing excess pressure on one or more areas. This is a sure sign your dentures need replacement.
If your dentures become loose or wobbly, eating can become a significant challenge. Many patients find they are unable to eat the foods they once enjoyed because their prosthesis simply does not stay in place as it should.
In addition to limiting nutrition intake, loose dentures can also keep individuals from doing the things they love, such as going out to eat with friends.
Your Dentures Are Hard to Keep Clean
When your dentures were new, they were crafted in a way that created a tight seal between the prosthesis and the gum tissue. As the bone ridge shrinks over time, the space between the gums and the denture grows larger. If this occurs, this area tends to trap more food, leading to more bacteria and the possibility for infection.
Additionally, if hairline cracks or fractures appear in the denture, bacteria can hide there as well, making your dentures much more difficult to clean.
Benefits of Replacing Your Dentures
Replacing old dentures offers a wide range of benefits. For example, a new set of dentures can provide:
- Improved chewing function
- Improved speaking function
- Enhanced comfort
- Fewer dietary restrictions
Average Lifespan of Dentures
The lifespan of dentures can vary depending on the unique situation of each patient. On average, however, dentures last between five to 10 years. During this time, the prosthesis will need to be relined whenever changes in the jaw structure become evident.
If the denture is damaged in any way, it should be repaired by a professional. Attempting to repair a denture at home can cause a host of other oral health issues.
Caring for Your Dentures
In order to get the most out of your dentures, proper maintenance is required. When you are not wearing them, they should be soaked in water or denture cleanser to keep them moist.
Be sure to clean your dentures daily with a toothbrush to remove food deposits and debris. It is a good idea to place a towel on the countertop or sink when you clean your dentures, as they could break if dropped.
Most importantly, be sure to see your dentist for regular visits so that he or she can check your prosthesis and make sure it is in proper working order.
Learn More about Denture Replacement at Our Practice
If you are thinking about a new set of dentures, schedule a consultation at our practice. You can contact us online or give us a call at (516) 468-7103.
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