Signs Your Dentures Need to Be Replaced

June 24, 2018 — by Kenneth W. Coffey, DDS
Tags: Dentures Missing Teeth Restorative Dentistry

An old set of denturesA good set of dentures will help people eat, smile, and speak again. Thanks to innovations at dental labs and advances in technology, today’s dentures look great and are more durable than before. Yet with that said, eventually a set of dentures will need to be replaced. Typically a denture lasts 10 years.

The team at our Orland Park, IL dental care center would like to consider some common signs that your dentures need to be replaced. When you get your new dentures, you’ll definitely notice a difference.

The Denture Is Loose-Fitting

When a denture feels loose and becomes prone to slipping or jostling around in the mouth, that’s generally a sign that the denture could be adjusted or replaced. You should not have to put up with these issues, as they can lead to problems with routine activities like eating and speaking.

The Denture Often Falls Out

Worse than just being loose, there are times when the fit of the denture has altered so much that it falls out, even when using denture cream. This can occur at inopportune times, leading to embarrassment and awkward social situations. Be sure to have your dentist give this a look.

You Develop a Speech Impediment

On the note of loose dentures, many people with denture problems notice that they suffer from a speech impediment due to poor fit. Slurring words or feeling marble-mouthed is never ideal, and it’s a good indication that your dentures could use professional attention.

Pain or Soreness When Biting and Chewing

Pain is never a good sign when it comes to dental health. If biting and chewing is difficult and causes you discomfort, that’s a sign that your dentures could use replacement or adjustment.

Sores Along the Gumline

Related to pain while biting and chewing, you may notice sores or lesions developing along your gumline when your dentures no longer fit right. The dentures should feel snug but not be the cause of any issues impacting your gum tissue.

Cracks, Chips, and Fractures

Wear and tear will take their toll on a set of dentures, sometimes causing chips, cracks, and even wiggly teeth. Over-the-counter repair kits can help address minor fractures and flaws, but serious issues with the structure of a denture mean it’s time for replacement.

Discoloration and Other Changes in Appearance

Keep an eye out for other cosmetic flaws beyond chips and cracks. Discoloration of the denture, changes in the shape of the denture, and missing teeth are all signs that a new denture is needed.

Denture Repair vs. Denture Replacement

Sometimes a quick fix it’s all that’s needed to make your denture last a bit longer. In these cases, denture repair will be more ideal than denture replacement. Be sure to visit your dentist regularly so any problems with your dentures can be monitored and discussed as soon as they develop.

Contact Dr. Kenneth W. Coffey

For more information about dentures and how we can help you have the healthiest smile possible, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist. Our team is here to offer advanced treatment and help you smile with renewed confidence.

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