Since more than 170 million Americans are struggling with tooth loss, it’s not hard to see why dentures continue to be one of the most popular restorative treatments year after year. If you have partial or full dentures, then you know that this tried-and-true tooth-replacement option is custom-made, able to address moderate to severe tooth loss, and is incredibly lifelike. But do you know the four tell-tale signs that it’s time to replace your dentures? If not, keep reading!
The Average Lifespan of Dentures
Dentures are crafted from high-quality, durable materials, allowing them to last for five to ten years if you care for them properly. That’s why it’s recommended that you follow oral hygiene best practices, like brushing them twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and soaking them overnight in a special cleaning solution. You should also avoid unhealthy dental habits, like smoking, chewing on ice, and neglecting your bi-yearly dental checkups and cleanings.
4 Tell-Tale Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Dentures
Since the average lifespan has quite a wide spread, it’s important to be on the lookout for the tell-tale signs that it’s time to replace your dentures. Here are a few:
- Chipped, stained, or otherwise damaged teeth.
- A broken base (the gum-colored part).
- Unexplained pain or discomfort.
- You’re having difficulty chewing and/or speaking.
How Your Dentist Can Help
Your dentist is your greatest ally when it comes to your oral health. If you’re experiencing any of the above problems, then make sure to schedule an appointment sooner rather than later. From there, your dentist can take a look at your dentures and determine the next best steps. If the root of the problem is that the dentures need to be adjusted, they can do so on the spot. That way, you don’t have to go another day struggling to smile confidently, chew properly, and speak clearly. If the issue is more severe, like a deep crack in the base, then a replacement will need to be made.
Dentures are designed to improve your quality of life. So, if they are ill-fitting, damaged, or making your life more difficult, it’s time to get them replaced. That way, you can get back to enjoying your life to the fullest!
About the Author
Dr. Jennifer Reed is a Nebraska native who earned her dental doctorate from the UNMC College of Dentistry. For nearly three decades now, she has spent her days helping patients with everything from essential preventive care to high-quality full and partial dentures. So, if you’re interested in addressing tooth loss head-on or are having a problem with your restoration, don’t hesitate to get in touch with her via our website or by phone at 402-488-5007.