A set of dentures can provide you with a renewed sense of joy, as it allows you to eat a wider variety of foods, sustain your facial structure and smile with confidence. Typically, the prosthetics can last up to eight years, but this ultimately can vary from person to person. What signs should you look for that it’s time to replace your dentures in San Antonio? Continue reading to find out from an experienced dentist.
A properly fitting set of dentures can be held in place by the suction that’s created inside your mouth. This is made possible by the snug fit between the dentures and gums.
Because your jaw can shift over time and the dentures can become worn, they may no longer fit the same way, which can lead to them falling out your mouth. This is a clear sign that the dentures either need to be adjusted or replaced. In the meantime, dental adhesive can be used to secure them.
Loose fitting dentures are usually difficult to speak with and can make it harder for others to understand you. In some instances, an adjustment can help, but the remedy is often to have them replaced.
It’s typical to experience some discomfort when you first receive a set of dentures. However, after the initial adjustment period (around a month), the pain should subside. Beyond this point, if you’re feeling discomfort, it’s likely a sign of worn dentures or a gum health issue.
If your dentures have noticeable damage, like chips or cracks, or one or more teeth have loosened, this should be considered a red flag that the dentures need to be replaced. You should also pay attention to any discoloration of the teeth.
This can be expected if you frequently drink coffee, wine or tea. That’s because porcelain is quite similar in texture and appearance to your tooth enamel. Thus, in many ways, it can be subject to the same types of stains.
If you notice any of the above issues, then you shouldn’t hesitate to bring it to your dentist’s attention. The sooner you’re examined, the quicker a plan of action can be created to rectify the problem and provide you with a fully functional set of prosthetics. By being proactive, you won’t have to miss out on the natural joys of life that you’ve become accustomed to with your dentures.
About the Author
Dr. Racha W. Kadamani is a graduate of the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in California. For nearly 20 years, she has provided comprehensive and effective care for patients of all ages. Whether your dentures need repair or replacement, Dr. Kadamani can help you get back to leading a normal life when you pay her a visit at Laith Family Dentistry. She can be reached for more information through her website.
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