With proper care, dentures can remain in excellent condition for many years. Like natural teeth, dentures require cleaning and maintenance to ensure they are functioning and fitting properly. However, dentures naturally endure a lot of pressure and wear and tear, potentially affecting the fit and feel over time. So how do you know when it’s time to get a new set of dentures? When you notice any of the following signs, it’s time to visit your denturist to repair or replace them.
Dentures feel loose or are slipping
It is natural for dentures to feel loose and fit differently over time due to gum shrinkage. If you find your dentures slipping out of your mouth while you are eating, drinking, or speaking, it is a clear indication that it is time for a replacement.
Changes in facial shape and appearance
When proper dentures are worn, your facial features and shape should remain the same. If you notice a change in the appearance of your face, it’s time to consult your denturist. These signs include sagging, wrinkles, a sunken jawline, or an aged appearance.
Pain or discomfort
Your dentures should not cause pain or discomfort when they are in your mouth. If you notice constant jaw soreness, uneven pressure, swelling, pain, or even lesions, it’s time to visit your denturist for a refitting or a replacement. Having the correct fit is crucial to eliminating pain and discomfort.
Your first line of defence against stains and discolouration is proper cleaning. However, it is not uncommon for dentures to become yellow or stained, especially if you drink beverages containing tannins such as coffee, wine, or tea. After drinking, it’s a good idea to rinse your mouth with water to wash the tannins away. If you notice discoloration that does not go away after cleaning, visit your denturist to obtain their professional opinion.
The pressure from biting and chewing can wear down the false teeth, causing a fracture or broken tooth. The crack can scratch the tissue within your mouth, causing irritation or infection. Any such issue need to looked at on a priority basis and you should visit your denturist promptly.
Changes in speech
When you first wear dentures, you may notice your speech pattern changes as you are getting adjusted to them. These speech issues should disappear overtime when you get used to wearing them. However, if you suddenly develop difficulty speaking properly, this can be due to dentures aged or fractured over time and use. When your dentures are too loose, you may notice whistling, clicking, slurring, or difficulty speaking. Any such signs, visit you denturist for their professional opinion.
Proper cleaning and rinsing of your dentures can prevent bad breath. However, if you still notice bad breath, it’s a good idea to visit your denturist for a proper examination. Your dentures could have damage or small cracks hiding bacteria and causing unwanted odour.
While proper denture care and maintenance can go a long way to ensuring the longevity of your dentures, there may eventually be a need for repairs or a replacement. To ensure your dentures are in good condition, remember to schedule check-ups at least every year or as recommended by your denturist. If you’re unsure whether or not you need your dentures replaced or repaired, contact us today and we will conduct a thorough examination to determine the right solution for you!