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Apr
6

When Should I Replace My Dentures?

Posted in Dentures

If you have had your dentures for a while, you may be wondering when is it time to replace them? Dentures that are well-made and have been taken care of, will still need to be replaced in time. Due to normal wear and tear, dentures will eventually need to be rebased, relined or remade.

Dentures Do Not Last Forever

Dentures are custom made to fit over your gums and jaws. As you get older, your jaw and gum tissue will shrink. This will cause your dentures to become loose. As a result, your dentures can become very uncomfortable and they may start to fall out while you talk or when you eat!

A poor-fitting denture can cause gum sores, severe inflammation, fungal infections, bleeding gums, and your bite can become uneven. With your bite being off, that could cause more problems with your jaw joint, head, face, or neck!

What are some indications that dentures may need to be modified or replaced?

It is important to pay attention to any changes you may notice with your dentures, such as:

  • Sore or painful areas on your gums or soft tissue
  • Having difficulty with eating
  • Slippage of dentures
  • Food getting trapped under or behind denture
  • Headaches, neck or jaw joint pain

Visit your dentist

Dentures are typically made to last for 5-10 years. Visiting your dentist regularly is essential for monitoring your dentures and how they fit. If you are noticing any of the above changes with your dentures and it has been a while since your last dental visit, call your dentist to schedule a denture checkup right away.

Posted on behalf of:
Heritage Dental
23945 Franz Rd Suite A
Katy, TX 77493
(832) 709-2429

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