Like any other dental restoration, dentures don’t last forever. Here are a few things to look for if you suspect it’s time to invest in a new pair.
You Have Sore Spots on Your Gums
A bad-fitting denture can wear abnormal pressure spots on your gums. That’s because our bone changes over time, and since that’s what creates the shape of our mouth, the gums follow right along with it. Too many changes without having your denture adjusted or relined can lead to painful sores or infection.
You’re Slurring When You Talk
Are your speech patterns starting to change? A new denture can take some practice to get pronunciations and talking down, but if it’s something that’s gradually gotten worse over time, it could be due to how the denture fits against the rest of your mouth.
Eating/Chewing is More Difficult than Ever
Being able to eat a balanced diet is one of the most important reasons for having a set of dentures made. But if you’re only able to eat soft, processed foods, it’s not doing you any good.
They’re Cracked and Worn Down
Dentures can wear down, too. If you’ve had them repaired multiple times, tried to patch up a crack down the middle, or the tooth look shorter than they used to, it’s time for an upgrade.
Your Facial Profile Has Changed
Part of the job of a properly fitting denture is to support the soft tissues like your cheeks and lips, filling out your facial profile. If everything looks “sunken in” then you may need a new prosthesis!
Book a denture exam with your dentist for a proper diagnosis!
Posted on behalf of:
Bayshore Dental Center
810 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd #2900
Seffner, FL 33584
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