Dentures are great for people who are missing several, most, or all of their teeth. Dentures are still a popular restoration solution due to the large number of benefits they provide, such as increasing self-confidence, restoring speech and eating habits, as well as helping to maintain your facial structure. However, nothing lasts forever, and dentures are no exception. The lifespan of dentures can be affected by several factors, the two most notable being how well they are cared for and how well you take care of the rest of your mouth.
Every patient should get their dentures replaced every 5-10 years. You're probably wondering how to figure out when your dentures need to be replaced even before their regular lifespan. We are here to help you.
The Physical State and Appearance of Them
After a while, the color of the dentures will change. Wear, tear, and aging can fade the color of the dentures. Even if you have good oral hygiene, certain foods and beverages can stain the dentures and make the color go away. Having dentures that need replacing can also be spotted if you notice raw spots or bleeding in the gums. If you notice the dentures have chips, cracks, or other damage on them, that means they need replacing. If you don't replace them, it can cause tooth decay, pain, or even a gum infection.
Regular Discomfort, Irritability, or Pain
If the dentures start to feel looser than before or have a habit of falling out all the time, that's when they need replacing. It can make normal everyday tasks like speaking and chewing food more challenging for the individual. Bad dentures can also cause sores on your gums, and pain in the jaws. If you notice pain when biting or chewing, it means the dentures don't fit your gums. Last but not least, old dentures can affect your speech. It can cause you to have a lisp or to slur certain words.
If you notice any of the symptoms we've mentioned, feel free to give us a call to schedule an appointment or simply drop on by. We would be happy to sit down with you and work together to figure out the best course of action to help with your dentures.
Goichi Shiotsu, DDS
Mercer Island, Washington
Location 2825 80th Ave SE, Suite 3 Mercer Island, WA 98040 Hours: Tuesday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm (206) 232-3600