Signs Your Dentures Need to Be Replaced By Burton Gooch on September 12, 2018

Full set of traditional dentures on solid blue surfaceWhen it comes to full-arch teeth replacement, traditional dentures are among the most common and affordable options. Due to today’s advanced materials, dentures are more natural-looking and comfortable than ever before. Although these appliances are strong and resilient, they will not last forever.

Our team at Gooch Family Dental in Birmingham, AL explores the average lifespan of dentures and discusses common signs your dentures need to be replaced.

Average Lifespan of Dentures

In general, traditional dentures last between seven and ten years. To keep your prosthesis looking and feeling great, it is important to visit your dentist regularly for checkups so he or she can assess your prosthesis.

Traditional dentures typically require slight adjustments and relines over the years to keep your appliance fitting well.

A Loose or Ill-fitting Prosthesis

One of the most common complaints among denture-wearers is that the appliance become loose or wobbly over time. This is because the underlying jawbone structure is constantly changing.

When tooth loss occurs, bone deterioration begins. Therefore, while your denture probably fit well when you first received it, it may become loose after several years. If your denture does not fit well anymore, it could be time to replace it.

Difficulty Eating or Speaking

Because dentures tend to loosen or shift over time, it can make routine tasks, such as eating or speaking, quite difficult. In fact, many patients avoid social interactions because they are self-conscious about their slipping dentures.

If your denture is affecting your speech patterns or your ability to eat, it may need to be replaced.

Sores or Lesions on the Gums

When dentures begin shifting, they can rub sore spots or lesions on the gum tissue. This can be quite uncomfortable. More importantly, however, oral lesions can significantly increase the risk of infection.

Dentures Are More Difficult to Clean

Dentures are designed to fit comfortably flush against the bone ridge. Over time, as the bone begins to atrophy, your appliance may loosen. As a result of the growing space between the denture and the bone ridge, food may become trapped in the area, making it more difficult to clean your prosthesis.

If you notice that food deposits are sticking to your dentures, it could be time to replace them.

A Chipped or Cracked Denture

As the denture material wears down over time, your prosthesis may develop small chips or hairline fractures. Should this occur, it is extremely important to have your denture assessed by a dental professional.

If the artificial teeth have been damaged, we may be able to repair the denture. However, if the denture base has been cracked, it is likely you will require a new appliance.

Chips and cracks can also harbor bacteria and increase the risk for oral infections, such as thrush. Therefore, you should schedule an appointment right away if you damage your denture.

Contact Gooch Family Dental

If your denture is not fitting as well as it used to, it could be time to replace it. To learn more, schedule a visit at Gooch Family Dental. Contact us online anytime or give us a call at (205) 545-8001.

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Gooch Family Dental is dedicated to providing convenient, comprehensive dentistry to the community in Birmingham, AL. We take advantage of the latest dental technology to streamline treatment, and deliver fast, beautiful results. Our proud affiliations include:

  • The American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Birmingham District Dental Society
  • The Alabama Dental Association

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