One thing to keep in mind when getting dentures is that your new teeth do have a limited lifespan. You can normally expect them to last around 7 to 10 years before needing to be replaced. But how will you be able to tell when it’s time for a new prosthesis? Below are 4 warning signs that often indicate that you may need to ask your dentist for replacement dentures in the near future.
1. Your Dentures Have Started to Feel Loose Lately
Your dentures are designed to fit snugly on your gums, which allows them to stay in place throughout the day. However, the shape of your gums may change over time, and as such, your dentures may eventually start to come loose, causing them to shift at inconvenient moments. Sometimes they may even fall out of your mouth altogether. It’s sometimes possible to adjust a loose denture so that it fits properly again, but in some situations, a replacement may be the best option.
2. Your Dentures Have Been Badly Damaged
Sometimes the artificial teeth attached to your dentures may become chipped or cracked, or the base of the prosthesis might become fractured. While certain kinds of damage can be fixed, some issues – such as a denture base that has broken in half – are entirely beyond repair. You should call your dentist right away if you notice that your dentures have been broken in some way; they’ll be able to determine whether or not a replacement is truly needed.
3. Your Dentures are Causing You Pain
Properly fitted dentures shouldn’t cause any discomfort, so if you notice any pain, it likely means there’s a serious problem. Some patients might experience discomfort while chewing while others might develop sores on their gums. There’s no sense in forcing yourself to live with the pain; let your dentist know about the issues you’re dealing with immediately so they can confirm whether it’s time for you to get new dentures.
4. Your Dentures Have Become Discolored
While you can keep your dentures looking bright for as long as possible by taking good care of them, eventually your prosthetic teeth may become stained. This often happens as a result of exposing your dentures to coffee and other types of dark-colored beverages. Since dentures can’t be whitened the way natural teeth can, a replacement may be your only option for dealing with stains.
Even if you’re not sure that it’s truly time for new dentures, it’s best to get a professional’s opinion as soon as possible if you notice any concerning signs. Make sure your smile stays beautiful and functional by having your dentures replaced in a timely manner.
About the Author
Dr. Vikram Chauhan (known as Dr. Vik by his staff and patients) went to the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and completed a General Practice Residency program at Marshall University. Today, he offers quality care for patients at Mayberry Dental in Vienna. If you’re missing multiple teeth, he may be able to help you with personalized dentures. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Vik, visit his website or call (703) 281-2111.