Signs Your Dentures Need to Be Replaced
By Patrick Casey on May 30, 2018
When patients are missing many or most of their teeth, dentures can make a world of difference. Custom-designed sets of false teeth can restore your ability to bite, chew, and smile with confidence, and many patients at our Montreal, QC practice have benefited from these wonderful appliances.
As durable as they are, dentures don’t last forever. With that in mind, here are some signs that your dentures need to be replaced. Keep these in mind so you can discuss them with your dentist.
The Lifespan of Dentures
For the vast majority of patients, a set of dentures will last for around 10 years. Sometimes a set of dentures will last longer with excellent care, but usually a decade is about right.
Dentures wind up damaged because of the normal wear and tear that your teeth would experience. Any damage to the dentures caused by dropping the denture, physical trauma, and so forth will shorten the lifespan of the dentures, sometimes considerably.
Pain When Biting and Chewing
A comfortable pair of dentures causes no pain when you bite and chew. If you notice discomfort when you’re eating while wearing dentures, this is usually a first sign that something is wrong. Be mindful of any change in sensation with your dentures over time.
Sores on the Gumline
Dentures that fit poorly can cause sores and lesions to develop on the gums. The direct contact and friction can be quite uncomfortable. Be sure to note any sores that develop along your gums as these might be contributing to the pain you feel as you bite and chew.
Loose Fitting Dentures Are Falling Off
Changes in the fit of dentures are common as time goes by. If you dentures are loose and are slipping off more than they used to, this is usually a sign that your dentures could use replacement.
A Sudden Speech Impediment
As a consequence of the dentures slipping or changing fit, you may develop a speech impediment. This could include slurring words, a whistle, or a lisp. The speech impediment is typically accompanied by some of the other signs we’ve noted above.
Cracks or Chips on the Denture
A denture that’s damaged has a shorter lifespan. If your denture is chipped, cracked, or has loose teeth on it, that’s usually a sign that it’s nearing the end of its life. Be sure to mention these issues with your dentist during checkups.
Discoloration or Stains
Even with regular cleanings, it’s possible for dentures to become discolored and stained over time. These unsightly dentures can be a source of self-consciousness, which is why replacement is a good option to consider. Restored aesthetics and improved function are important for great dental health.
Denture Repair or Denture Replacement?
Keep in mind that in some cases, your dentures may just need a little bit of repair rather than a total replacement. A chip or crack can be mended with relative ease, for example, and full replacement may not be necessary. This could extend the life of your dentures and help save money in the process.
Your dentist can determine the right approach for your needs during your visit.
Learn More About Fixing Your Dentures
For more information about replacing and repairing your dentures, be sure to contact our team of dentists today. We look forward to your visit to our centre and discussing your questions and concerns in greater detail.
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