Did you just get dentures for the first time?
A denture can’t compare to natural teeth, but it is essential to helping you enjoy the best quality of life possible. You want this new prosthesis to last as long as possible.
Here’s what you need to know:
How They Fit Your Mouth
Dentures put a little pressure on your gums and underlying bone because that’s what they rely on for support. Over time, this pressure can cause the bone to slowly resorb. As your mouth changes shape, your denture will lose that perfect fit.
Your prosthesis will need to be adjusted to fit these changes. After a few years, however, it may become necessary to replace it altogether.
Dentures Take Some Hard Knocks!
Besides the normal wear, dentures can be damaged if they are dropped or even chewed up by a pet. A lot of surprising things can happen to dentures!
When damaged, you should bring your denture to your dentist for examination and repair. Don’t try to fix it yourself! Your dentist can use safe materials and techniques for repairing your denture or make a new one, if necessary.
Getting the Most of Your Prosthesis
With proper care and handling, a denture can last an average of five to ten years. Depending on the needs of your mouth, you could make it several years before your denture even needs an adjustment.
Your dentist is your best resource for denture care and advice. Enjoy life with a comfortable, effective, and durable smile by keeping a regular schedule of dental checkups – even if you wear dentures. With proper care and cleaning, your prosthesis will last you many years!
Posted on behalf of:
Pleasant Plains Dental
5850 W Hwy 74 #135
Indian Trail, NC 28079
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