We all want the greatest return on our investments. The same goes for our dentures. With proper care and maintenance, most dentures can last several years. From time to time they may need to be adjusted or re-lined to help them fit better, but eventually all dentures wear out. Here are a few things to look for:
Your Denture Rocks Back and Forth
A good-fitting denture will hug your jaw line and seal against your gum tissues. If it begins rocking back and forth during use, something is wrong. This may be due to normal anatomical changes in your bone, or simply from the acrylic plate being worn out due to extended use. If the denture is broken, it may not fit in place properly either. Although some repairs are possible, it is important for the foundation of the denture to still remain in one piece.
Sore Spots Occur Frequently
Repeated sore spots under your prosthesis mean it is not putting pressure in the right places when you chew. If one area of your mouth is constantly being exposed to more than the right amount of pressure, the soft tissues under the denture will not be able to withstand it. This could create chronic pain and infection if not addressed quickly.
You’ve Lost Weight
Significant weight loss due to health changes or diet can even reflect loss of mass within your mouth. Although it occurs gradually, your denture will seem to no longer fit, even with pastes or adhesives. Relining the denture may help, but many people need an entirely new denture.
Denture designs have dramatically improved over the past several years. Ask your dentist which type of denture can help you feel and look more confident.
Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
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