Dental Tips Blog

Aug
3

Are Second-Hand Dentures an Option?

Posted in Dentures

Jokes flew when one man posted a used denture for sale in a Facebook group for local buying, selling, and trading.

Surprisingly, there are plenty of second-hand dentures on eBay and in flea markets.

Who would ever buy used false teeth? The idea has appeal if it means saving a buck on your next denture. But there are three good reasons why a second-hand denture is not an option.

Denture Acrylic Hosts Germs

Dentures look like a solid piece of plastic, but they are actually porous. This means that the surface of the acrylic is covered with tiny holes that can host bacteria. It doesn’t matter how clean the appliance looks on the outside – putting in a used denture can put you at risk for picking up some unknown infection.

Used Dentures Are Not So Useful

If it’s second-hand, then the denture already has some mileage. Dentures wear down with time and can get fragile after being dropped once or twice. Buying a set of used false teeth means that you won’t get much life out them, anyway.

That Denture Was Not Designed for You

If you wear a denture custom-designed for someone else’s mouth, you’ll likely experience chafing and swelling in your gums. Uneven pressure can also cause your jaw bone to wear down faster than if you had a properly-fitting denture.

The best option is to have a custom denture made to fit the unique shape of your mouth. Ask your dentist about ways to afford a quality tooth replacement appliance.

As for your retired dentures, hold onto them – don’t sell them! They’re a safer option than borrowing someone else’s in the event you need a backup.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Smiles Dentistry
2655 Dallas Highway Suite 510
Marietta, GA 30064
770.422.8776

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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