When Do You Need New Dentures?
Dentures, also known as false teeth, represent prosthetic appliances. They are custom made appliances created to match the specific form of your mouth, in order to replace all or some of the missing teeth in your mouth.
The main objective of dentures is to help you make your mouth fully functional as well as bring back a fully natural appearance. With their help, denture wearers are able to eat, smile, talk and laugh again, much the same way as they were before losing their teeth.
However, the list of benefits of wearing dentures doesn’t end here. There are a number of other benefits that relate to the support of the bite, the jaws and even with some facial features. Some of these features can easily collapse if you don’t fill the gap created by the missing teeth.
Dentures are built to last and the most durable ones can last for decades. However, there are many cases where patients need their dentures repaired or even replaced. So, when is it that someone might need new dentures?
Bone shrinkage and gum shrinkage are the main reason why dentures become loose after some period of use. The shrinkage is a completely natural process, but there are things that can speed this up, like gum disease, tooth extraction as well as dentures that never really fitted your mouth in a good way.
Having checkups on a regular basis will help you keep the right fit and the dentist will advise you when to get new dentures. In this way, you can keep the jawbone in the best possible shape.
Chipped or broken teeth
Just like natural teeth, artificial teeth can be broken or chipped. In addition, the acrylic and metal elements of the dentures can get damaged too. Your CDT should make an evaluation and based on the results offer you advice as to whether your dentures should be repaired or replaced. If the teeth are just chipped, the CDT should be able to solve the problem right away.
Stained and/or dirty dentures
Eliminating bacterial growth in your mouth and on the dentures requires regular cleaning. However, even with a regular cleaning regime, things like tartar and plaque can accumulate on your dentures. If you want to avoid situations like this, our advice is to conduct a detailed clean four times a year at the clinic. It is important to bear in mind that there may well be situations where certain stains cannot be removed and in cases like this, a remake is more than likely required.
Worn artificial teeth
Wear and tear affects false teeth too. Once they get worn, they become flatter which makes chewing difficult. In addition, you will have problems when it comes to biting and even the height between the nose and chin can be affected in a negative way. As a result of that, you will look older because wrinkles and fine lines will start popping up around your mouth.
Finally, there are occasions when patients want to get new dentures even though none of the things we’ve listed in this article are bothering them. In any case, dentures usually last between five and ten years.
This blog post was brought to you by Smiles & More Denture Clinics. If you are dealing with any of the problems we’ve mentioned above, feel free to schedule an appointment at https://www.smilesandmore.co.uk or call 0800 909 8977 and speak with a Clinical Dental Technician.