On average, a set of dentures will last about 10 years. With proper care, dentures can last a few years longer, but the wear and tear on a set of dentures will lead to some unavoidable damage, even with good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. At the end of the denture’s lifespan, it will need to be repaired and then eventually replaced.
The team at our Harrisonburg, VA dental care center would like to go over some common warning signs that your dentures need to be replaced. Knowing these, you’ll be able to speak with your dentist as soon as issues arise.
Chips, Cracks, and Other Damage
The first sign that your denture needs to be replaced is damage to the denture. This will usually take the form of chips, cracks, and other kinds of visible damage. These chips and cracks may be on the artificial teeth, or they could be located elsewhere on the appliance.
Changes in the Fit of the Denture
Another common sign that a denture needs to be replaced is a change in the fit of the denture. Usually the denture may feel looser than it did before, possibly even falling out by accident. This is usually caused by two things:
- The gradual wear to the denture over the years
- The loss of bone density and gum tissue as a result of tooth loss
When dentures no longer fit properly, dentist can make some adjustments to help with fit. Yet sometimes the adjustments may no longer be ideal after several years, which is why replacement may be recommended instead.
Pain When Biting and Chewing
If you notice pain when biting or chewing, that is never a good sign. When it comes to dentures, this could indicate a change in the fit of the denture or some other more serious problem related to dental health. If not a sign that the denture needs to be repaired or adjusted, it could be a sign that replacement is in order.
Sores on Gums
Sores might form on someone’s gums if the denture is irritating them. This could be the cause of the pain when biting and chewing. Rather than suffering through the pain, have your denture adjusted or replaced.
Developing a Speech Impediment
A loose denture is likely to slip and rattle around in your mouth. If you have a lisp or slur certain words, it may be due to your old dentures.
Changes in Denture Color
Like natural teeth, a denture will change color over time. Wear, tear, aging, and certain foods and beverages will stain your denture even with good oral hygiene.
Repairing or Replacing the Denture
We’ve mentioned a few times that a simple repair or adjustment may be all you need to fix your denture issues. Only a skilled dentist can make that call, which is why it’s so important to visit your practice for regular checkups.
During your regular dental visits, you can mention any issues you’ve experienced and have your dentist address these matters directly. Comfortable dentures and a healthy smile are just a visit away.
Learn More About Dentures
For more information about repairing and replacing dentures, be sure to contact our experienced team of cosmetic and restorative dentists. We look forward to your visit and discussing these matters with you in much greater detail.