Most denture wearers know the tell-tale signs that mean a trip to your Denturist – sore spots, chipped teeth, or broken dentures. However, other problems are also worthy of discussion with your denture expert.
The most common problems will be related to denture fit. Symptoms of a poorly fitting denture are recurring sore spots, trouble eating properly, showing excessive or exposed gums, and showing signs of premature aging (like wrinkles around the mouth and cheeks, a sunken mouth, or a general lack of facial support).
Denture fit can be affected by several conditions, including age, weight loss, medical conditions, medications, and the age of your dentures.
Poorly fitting dentures can cause excessive friction between your soft tissues and your dentures, resulting in sore spots that may become infected. Loose or ill-fitting dentures can also make it difficult and embarrassing to speak, eat, or socialize. In addition, dentures that don’t fit can render you unable to chew food properly, limiting your food choices and affecting your digestion and overall good health.
Pay attention to how well you can chew, what foods you are able to eat, any areas of your mouth that are irritated by your dentures, and changes to your facial appearance. The sooner you clue in to these signs and consult your Denturist, the sooner they will be able to help you address these problems.
Another trouble sign to watch for is staining or excessive build-up on your denture. Stains and deposits are not only unsightly, they can harbour bacteria that weakens your dentures and leads to bad breath.
Your Denturist can keep you informed on best practices for denture care, as well as proper care of your oral structures. As well, he or she can professionally clean and polish your denture, restoring it to a more attractive and healthy-looking state.
The average lifespan of any denture is between five and seven years. The conditions of your mouth will change over time and dentures do not adapt to this change. Wearing dentures that are much older can cause irreversible changes in your mouth. And not caring properly for your dentures can significantly lessen their lifespan.
Don’t wait until you have a denture problem. Consult your Denturist regularly (at least once a year) for advice on the care, health, and functionality of your dentures. With attention and annual visits with your Denturist, you can avoid many emergencies common to denture wearers.