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9 Signs Your Denture Needs Replacing

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You invested in your health, happiness, and looks when you decided to have dentures. Maintaining and caring for this financial and deeply personal investment is common sense. But since nothing lasts indefinitely, how can you tell when it’s time to get a new set of dentures? In this blog post, you will learn the top 9 signs that your denture needs to be replaced.

Although even your denture is made of solid materials, it will eventually wear down from constant use, just like natural teeth. It’s also crucial to understand that the mouth is a dynamic habitat. Changes to your gums and jaw might impact the lifespan and appearance of your denture. After removing natural teeth, some oral tissue shrinking needs regular adjustments to your fake teeth.

After reading this article, you will know when to consider new dentures. The following signs point to the need for adjustments. As your smile is one of your most desirable possessions, frequent denture check-ups with your dentist are crucial to maintaining and extending the life and health of this asset.

  1. The age of your denture

If there are no major accidents or mishaps, you may generally anticipate your denture to last 5 to 6 years. Getting the most out of your denture is simple if you properly care for it. This entails regular check-ups between appointments and routine self-examinations with your dental prosthetics.

  1. Loose and ill-fitting dentures

When a denture no longer fits as well as it once did, that is a classic sign that a new one is needed. You may be using denture adhesive when you previously didn’t need to. Or perhaps your loose denture makes you stutter or lisp as it flops around in your mouth. See your dental prosthetics if you notice any changes in your speaking habits. It may only take a slight adjustment to fix the issue, but it could also indicate that a new denture is necessary.

A new denture may also be required if your face shape changes, such as your cheekbones or jawline looking different. A “denture reline,” or thin coating, is put to the denture’s interior as part of routine maintenance to ensure a secure fit. You know it’s time to get a new denture when your old one can no longer be relined (up to three times), so you know it’s time.

  1. Damage to your denture

Your denture may be approaching the end of its useful life if it has cracked or chipped teeth or hairline cracks. In the same way, your denture needs to be fixed or replaced if the metal or acrylic resin parts are bent or distorted. The materials used to make dentures deteriorate and grow brittle over time, weakening them and causing them to lose their aesthetic appeal. As a result, they are more vulnerable to biting and chewing pressure and are more likely to break when dropped.

When the integrity of the denture has been damaged, a full replacement is usually required in cases of severe fractures, multiple repairs, or shattered dentures.

This form of degradation can result in losing your denture’s retention, stability, support, potential chronic tissue irritation/inflammation, and plaque adherence. Even worse, you’ll lose your appearance. I

  1. The wearing down of denture teeth

It’s time to get a new denture when the teeth on your old one start to fall out. Acrylic resin teeth are less strong than porcelain teeth, which are more expensive and durable. Worn teeth can change the vertical distance or gap between the upper and lower jaws when they are closed. This can cause the structure and shape of the face to change in the wrong way. The adverse effects of this include “joint and muscle pain, the tension in functional speech, difficulty swallowing, impaired chewing, tooth sensitivity due to traumatogenic forces, pathologic bone resorption, abnormal wearing of teeth, the appearance of an elongated face, and a facial expression of fatigue.”

  1. Discomfort when biting and chewing

You may have found that eating causes you some discomfort. Your bite may vary if your dentures are worn unevenly. So, where pressure from eating used to be evenly spread, it starts to get concentrated in different places over time. This can cause pain and, in some cases, speed up bone loss. iv Uncomfortable dentures may also cause head and neck pain. 

  1. Sore spots

Uncomfortable side effects of improperly fitted dentures include pressure sores, a red flag. Even though your dentures may have fit perfectly when they were brand-new, modifications are unavoidable due to loss of jawbone, gum tissue density, and everyday wear on the denture surfaces. A replacement denture will eventually be needed to account for those alterations. Pressure sores are painful and can lead to mouth infections if they aren’t treated.

  1. Gathering of food under the denture

Your denture no longer fits snugly if food gets caught under it. While your dental prosthetics may frequently fix this problem by adjusting your denture, it might also indicate it’s time to get a new one.

  1. Discoloration or Odour

Your dental prosthetist can treat particular stains from foods like coffee and beetroot. Your acrylic denture will, however, lose its brightness as it ages and become more porous, increasing the likelihood that it may discolor. Chrome and various flexible nylon denture materials are exempt from this rule. 

The discoloration can indicate that it’s time to have your dentures evaluated, along with odors that linger even after washing. A worn-out acrylic denture may eventually develop microscopic fissures that can harbor germs that can cause infection and odors. Vi

  1. The potential impact of dental work on existing dentures

If you have partial dentures, any dental work you’ve had could hurt them, so it’s important to know this. Sometimes, it is impossible to modify partial dentures to fit your current dentures after dental work. Moreover, if someone other than your dental prosthetist tries to make changes, it could worsen and cause the denture in your mouth to “rock.” In these situations, the only option for relief might be a new denture. This must only sometimes be the case with a bit of consideration and preparation.

How to avoid the problem in the first place

When looking after your denture, the proverb “prevention is better than a cure” has never been more applicable. Stop waiting for something to go wrong. Keep your mouth clean, and take regular care of your denture. To ensure the health of your dentures, schedule routine visits with your dental prosthetist. 

Set up annual checkups for your denture or ask your dental hygienist how frequently you should have these examinations. Some dental prostitutes provide free checkups. Make it a practice to check your denture every so often, and keep a mental note of the nine indications that it needs to be replaced.

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