Dentures are the go-to solution to treat tooth loss because they are affordable, convenient, and look natural. Dentures are made of durable materials that are designed to last, but you will need replacements eventually. The average lifespan of a denture is 5 to 7 years, which is influenced by many things. Here are 4 signs it’s time to invest in a new set of chompers.
1. Your Dentures Are Slipping
Your dentures should fit snugly on your gums and only need suction to stay in place. If you’re relying on an adhesive to stop slipping, it’s time to contact your dentist.
Tooth loss causes your jaw to shrink continuously, which will change the shape of your face and gums. Regular relinements will ensure your dentures adapt to the changes to prevent them from moving around or falling out. If your denture is older, you may need replacements.
2. You’re Having Difficulty Speaking
If your dentures aren’t staying in place, speaking can be difficult. Your words might sound slurred as you try to hold your teeth and position. If talking clearly doesn’t come as easy, it might be time for replacements.
3. Your Gums Are Irritated
If your dentures don’t fit well, your soft tissues can get irritated. If your gums are inflamed, you have an increased risk of sores and infections that can affect your oral and general health.
Researchers have also found a link between poor-fitting dentures and oral cancer. It’s best to have the issue addressed right away to safeguard your wellness.
4. Your Dentures Are Damaged
Dentures are made of durable materials, but they can get damaged over time. Besides accidental damage, your dentures can show signs of wear and tear, like chips or fractures. Using a broken denture can lead to oral injuries. It’s best to invest in a new one.
Get the Most from Your Dentures
Although your dentures won’t last forever, you can do many things to prolong their lifespan, like:
- Keep Your Dentures Clean: Brush your dentures daily using a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. Don’t forget to soak them in an overnight solution.
- Remove Your Dentures Nightly: Take your dentures out before going to bed to give your mouth a break. Keep them in a denture solution to kill bacteria left behind by brushing and to keep them moist.
- Prevent Warping: Never let your dentures dry out and don’t expose them to hot temperatures or they can warp.
- Watch What You Eat: Limit how often you have hard or chewy foods to reduce wear and tear.
- Visit Your Dentist: Visit your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup. They will also adjust your dentures to maintain a comfortable fit.
If you’re tired of replacing your dentures, ask your dentist about the benefits of adding dental implants to your smile.
About Dr. Shane Smith
Dr. Smith earned his dental degree at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and has regularly continued his education to provide specialty services, like dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, and restorative dentistry. Request an appointment through our website or call (870) 686-4025.