You’ve had your dentures for a few years now, but lately you’ve noticed some unpleasant situations involving them. They slip out of place at inconvenient times, and they don’t feel as comfortable as they did before. Before you got your dentures, you knew that you would eventually have to replace them, but could it be time to do so already? In this blog post, you’ll learn to recognize the signs that something is wrong with your dentures and about a solution that allows you to enjoy permanent tooth replacement.
If your dentures become damaged in some way, it’s important to talk to your dentist about fixing them so that you can have functioning teeth again. After all, what’s the point of having replacement teeth if they are damaged and won’t work for you? Keep in mind that the entire denture may need to be replaced because the damage could have compromised its structural integrity.
When you first got your dentures, they fit you perfectly, like a glove. They felt comfortable at one point, but now they make your gums hurt, particularly when you bite down. Every now and then, you need to have your dentures adjusted so that they continue to feel good in your mouth. However, if you’ve had several adjustments with your dentures already, it may be time to replace them completely.
Traditional full dentures primarily rely on suction to stay in place, but over time, this becomes less effective. When your dentures start slipping more often, see your dentist. It may be time to adjust your dentures or replace them entirely.
Difficulty Speaking or Chewing
As dentures slip out of place, they can make daily functions like speaking and eating much more challenging. If you struggle to chew your food or speak clearly, then you should change your dentures. The impairment in feeding yourself especially can affect your ability to nourish your body, potentially leading to health problems.
Changes in Facial Shape
When you lose a tooth and its root, the jaw bone no longer draws blood and other nutrients to the area. Over time, this causes the face to change shape, which can impact how your dentures fit. These alterations also lead to a more sunken look around the jaw line. Monitor your appearance and keep an eye out for these small changes because they can indicate when you may need to replace your dentures.
Replacement about every five to seven years is part of the deal when you get traditional dentures, but there is a solution that can address all of these problems—implant-retained dentures. By anchoring to dental implants that are embedded in the jaw bone, your dentures can be firmly held in position. This means that you can have nearly all of your natural biting power back and you’ll never have to worry about your replacement teeth coming out or shifting. In addition, implants replicate natural tooth structure, so the bone and tissues remain stimulated and robust for a more youthful look. If you’re tired of replacing your dentures, contact your dentist about dental implants in Richardson.
About Dr. Meredith Davis
After graduating in the top 20 percent of her class from the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry, Dr. Meredith Davis has earned several awards including the Certification of Merit by the American Academy of Oral Medicine. She also completed her AEGD residency at the Baylor College of Dentistry nad has enjoyed serving patients in the Richardson area. To schedule an appointment with her, call or click here.