Signs Your Dentures Need to Be Replaced

By Dr. Damon on August 02, 2018

Patient holding a dentureKnowing the signs that indicate your dentures need replacement will lessen the likelihood of you experiencing daily pain and discomfort. Even though today’s dentures are made of high-quality and long-lasting dental materials, they will still have an average lifespan of five to ten years.

Dr. Damon and Dr. Blankenship, at the Texas Denture Clinic and Implant Center of Amarillo in Amarillo, TX, can help you recognize the signs your dentures need to be replaced.

Typical Lifespan for Dentures

Practicing good oral hygiene and taking proper care of your dentures are vital to extending their longevity, but normal wear and tear will eventually take a toll. It’s inevitable.

Just as the rest of your body changes as you age, so does your mouth. Your dentures will fit differently as underlying bone structure and gum tissue change over time. This is a normal process after tooth loss.

At some point, all dentures need to be repaired and eventually replaced to ensure optimal oral health. The typical lifespan is about 10 years.

Repairing Your Dentures

There are times when your dentures will need only a simple repair or adjustment to correct the issue you’re experiencing. Schedule an appointment with us so we can assess why the denture is causing problems. Or you can discuss any denture issues during your regular check-ups. Denture quality is always a determination best made by a knowledgeable doctor.

First Signs

Typically, the first sign indicating a denture needs to be replaced is visible wear and tear. The pink part of the appliance may appear worn down or dull, or it may be harder to keep clean.

Upon closer inspection, you might notice tiny, hairline fractures. Damage may also be evident on the teeth of the denture. When cleaning your dentures, inspect them for wear, and share your concerns with us at your visit.

Other Signs Your Dentures Need to Be Replaced

Dentures offer you many health and aesthetic benefits, so knowing when to replace them will help you stay healthy and attractive. Dentures that no longer fit properly can create several issues, such as:

  • Neck pain, earaches, headaches, and facial nerve pain
  • Irritated or sore gum tissue
  • Sores on the gums
  • Discoloration of the dentures
  • A sudden, strange odor
  • Chronic pain or discomfort
  • Difficulty with speech or eating
  • Dentures are wobbly, loose, or fall out suddenly
  • Change in overall fit
  • Chips, cracks, or other damage
  • Broken denture base

Dentures replace the function of your natural teeth and ensure your bite and jaw joints remain balanced. You may be tempted to go prolonged periods of time without wearing a denture that causes pain, irritation, or discomfort.

However, not wearing your prosthesis can cause significant changes to your jawbone and gum tissue, so much so that your dentures may no longer fit.

Contact Us

Our team of doctors and dental professionals are here to help make certain that your dentures provide years of comfort and function. If you are experiencing any of the signs that your dentures need to be replaced, contact us online or call us at 806-731-6132.

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