Ways of Being Able to Tell if You Need New Dentures
Posted on 9/25/2019 by Keith Boenning, DDS
Without a doubt, having dentures is an improvement over missing teeth. Your quality of life goes way up, both because you are able to eat your favorite foods as well as due to the self-image and appearance boosts that dentures provide. Still, because they are not your actual teeth, dentures can wear out over time.
Being able to tell when it is time for a new set is important to help you maintain the benefit that you currently enjoy from your dentures. Here are a few ways that you can tell it is time for new dentures.
If your dentures are beginning to move around in your mouth, it might be because the soft material no longer adheres properly to your gum tissue. This can cause dentures to become loose, leading to issues such as denture sores and difficulty eating and speaking.
Even if you are not able to detect the dentures sliding around in your mouth, if you notice that you are struggling to chew food properly, it might mean that you need new dentures. This is especially true if you are having a hard time with foods that you never used to struggle with.
Changes in the Appearance of Your Face
An important role of dentures is to provide support for the rest of your face. Your cheeks should not appear sunken or uneven. If you notice that you are starting to change in the mirror, the issue could be with dentures that are wearing out.
Of course, there are other signs that your dentures might need to be replaced, too. If you notice anything that makes you think your dentures are no longer performing properly, you should be sure to get them looked at as soon as possible. This will help maintain the level of performance you expect from your dentures.