If you’ve had your dentures for a while, you probably understand the wonderful benefits that they can offer. You might have gotten so used to them that you almost forget what it was like not to have a set of teeth you can rely on!
However, dentures don’t last forever, and if you aren’t proactive you may very well have to go without them when they break. To prevent that, here are some signs that your dentures are in need of replacement.
1. Visible Damage
This one may sound a little bit obvious, but a lot of people think that hairline cracks or fractures in their prosthetics aren’t that big a deal. However, small cracks rarely stay small. Over time, even a seemingly insignificant damage can become the point where your dentures split in two.
If you bring damage to your dentist’s attention as soon as you notice it, they’ll be able to order your replacement immediately, so you won’t have to go without teeth if yours break. If you catch the problem early enough, your dentist may even be able to repair the damage on their own.
2. Loose Dentures
If you are missing teeth, over time your jaw will start to shrink due to disuse. As a result, your dentures are going to get looser over time, which means they’ll need to be relined occasionally. At a certain point, it may be necessary to replace the dentures entirely with a better-fitting set.
If you find yourself really caking on dental adhesive, that may be a sign that you need to talk to your dentist about a relining. A really poor fit may also be a sign that your aligner has warped or broken, which makes professional attention even more important.
Finally, if you find that you’re dealing with a lot of discomfort or sore spots, that could be a sign that your dentures are loose or broken. If you’re in pain, your dentist will be happy to help you, so don’t hesitate to reach out!
About Our Practice
At Dental Wellness of Lexington, we work hard to deliver our patients incredible dental care with a level of courtesy and respect that’s sure to put you at ease. We have four dentists on staff, and each of them has the necessary skills and experience to put you completely at ease. We’re happy to be the new dental home for people who are looking for someone to help them with all their dental needs.
If you have any questions about when to replace your dentures, we can be reached at our website or by phone at (859) 223-4644.