You may have had your dentures so long that they feel like a part of you. But recently, you’ve noticed a change in how they fit in your mouth.
It’s not you. It’s them.
Perhaps your dentures no longer sit properly in your mouth. Or, maybe you’re beginning to feel some pressure on your gums when you put your dentures in each morning. Either way, you may be wondering if you should replace the teeth in your dentures. And if so, how often should you replace your dentures from now on?
It can be difficult to know when dentures are due for a replacement. Here’s what to look for.
Why Do You Have to Replace the Teeth in Dentures?
Whether you’re missing teeth due to an accident or medical reasons, dentures can be an excellent solution. They can increase your self-esteem by restoring a pearly-white smile over your previously missing teeth. Dentures can also help you to speak and chew normally. Because dentures help to prevent the muscles in your face from collapsing due to the absence of teeth, they can help you to look young.
Even though dentures are sturdy devices built for everyday use, they unfortunately don’t last forever. It’s common to need to replace some or all of your dentures, and contacting a qualified dentist is the way to get started.
Why Dentures Don’t Last Forever
Although dentures provide many advantages and are generally built to last, you typically need to replace the teeth in your dentures after seven to ten years. However, how often you should replace your dentures ultimately depends on how well you care for them. Dentures may have a shorter lifespan if you do not clean them each night or allow your dentist to make revisions to them when needed, for example.
Signs It’s Time to Replace the Teeth in Your Dentures
You should replace the teeth in your dentures if you’ve begun to notice that they feel loose. For instance, you may be worried that your dentures will fall out if you sneeze, cough, laugh, or talk—something that never used to concern you. This is a clear sign that a denture replacement is in order.
Another indicator that your dentures might need replacing is if you are struggling to speak clearly or chew confidently when wearing your device. Likewise, you should replace the teeth in your dentures if any of the teeth have become broken. Although denture materials are wear-and-damage resistant, these devices can chip or crack over time.
Finally, replace your dentures if they are beginning to cause gum irritation and sores. Sores may develop if your dentures move around and rub against the gums, or if the dentures press more forcefully in some areas compared with others.
How a Dentist Can Help You to Replace the Teeth in Your Dentures
If you are experiencing any of the above-listed challenges with your dentures, the best thing to do is to head to the dentist. Your dentist will take new bite and jaw impressions for you, then create an accurate model of your new dentures. Your dentist will also assess your dentures’ fit, shape, and color.
Afterward, your new device will be fabricated based on the model. Then, any necessary final adjustments will be made to the dentures to ensure that they fit you perfectly.
Your dentist can also go over with you how often you should replace your dentures going forward and how to extend their lifespan.
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