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5 Signs You Need to Replace Your Dentures

June 8, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — kendrick @ 11:08 pm
Man in dental chair with dentures

If you’ve suffered from tooth loss for one reason or another, you don’t need to go the rest of your life with gaps in your smile. There are several different tooth replacement options out there to give you your smile back – like dentures. Dentures are life-changing, but unfortunately, they have yet to be made to last forever. It is important that you are on the lookout for signs of wear and tear. Here are some signs that you may need to have your dentures replaced in the near future.

Your Dentures Feel Loose

Dentures shouldn’t move around or fall out easily. If this is happening, it probably means that they don’t fit correctly. They should stay firmly in place when you chew and speak. If you notice that your dentures are becoming loose, they aren’t as snug to the gums as they should be. As a temporary fix, over-the-counter denture adhesives are available, but you should still schedule a visit with your dentist. They will be able to determine which steps should be taken.

Your Dentures Are Uncomfortable

When you first get new dentures, it takes time to get used to them. You may feel minor discomfort during this adjustment period, but they shouldn’t be causing you significant pain. This could mean that they aren’t fitting properly, or they are damaged. If you are developing sores or lesions in your mouth, or you notice changes in your gum health, you should schedule an urgent visit with your dentist to get to the bottom of the issue.

Speaking Is Challenging

It can become more difficult to speak clearly if your dentures don’t fit properly. If you find that you’ve been slurring more or mumbling often, the problem could be your dentures. Talk to your dentist so they can be adjusted or replaced.

Your Dentures Are Damaged

Dentures are strong and durable, but they aren’t indestructible. If you notice cracks, chips, loose teeth, or missing teeth, you should contact your dentist. You could have accidentally damaged them, or they could be getting old. Your dentist needs to take a look to determine the next course of action.

Your Dentures Are Discolored

Staining can be avoided with excellent denture care and oral hygiene. However, it can still occur over time. If this is something that is bothering you, it’s a perfectly valid reason to consider replacing them. Express your concerns to your dentist. How you feel about the appearance of your smile is also important.

If you are dealing with any of the issues listed above, give your dentist a call. You don’t need to settle for a smile that makes you uncomfortable!

About the Author

Dr. Steven Kendrick earned his dental doctorate from the Oklahoma University College of Dentistry. He is a proud member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, Oklahoma Dental Association, Oklahoma Dental Society, and the Academy of General Dentistry. If you are interested in getting new dentures or have any concerns, he would be happy to help. For more information or to schedule an appointment at his office in Midwest City, visit his website or call (405) 732-0431.

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