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Houston Dentist Identifies Four Signs You Need to Have Replacement Dentures

May 4, 2017

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Do You Need Replacement Dentures? 4 Reasons to Have New Ones Made

Dentures have been around since ancient times, yet they are still one of the best cosmetic dental options available today. In fact, a respected dentist like Dr Searby, founder of ProDentures, may recommend having a new set of dentures made to replace your missing teeth.

Dental technology has advanced rapidly over the years, making dentures more durable than ever before. However, this doesn’t mean your dentures are able to completely avoid wear and tear. Eventually, you will need to see your dentist about having replacement dentures made.

How do you know when that time has come?

Here are four signs you should be on the lookout for:

Affixed Teeth are Worn Down

As you speak, bite, and chew with your dentures, the prosthetics affixed to them are exposed to wear and tear. Eventually, you may begin to notice the teeth are beginning to be worn down. In some cases, the difference between the false teeth and your remaining natural teeth can be quite substantial. This situation is common, but easily remedied by seeing your dentist about replacement dentures.

Highly Noticeable Discoloration

The teeth affixed to your dentures are specially designed to look like your natural teeth. Unfortunately, this also means that your dentures are prone to discoloration as well. If you are a coffee or tea aficionado, you may have noticed that your beverage of choice has begun to stain the teeth attached to your dentures. Conventional teeth whitening is not advised, so you may need to have replacements made.

Your Current Dentures Shift Around

Over time, you may notice your dentures start to shift around as you speak and chew. This is due to reduced bone density in the jaw caused by your missing teeth. Loose dentures have a tendency to fall our as your mouth moves around, so you may want to see if your dentist can make adjustments for a better fit. Otherwise, you will have to request for a new set of replacement dentures.

You’re Developing Sores or Discomfort Around the Cheeks and/or Gums

On the opposite side of the spectrum, you may begin to notice that the wear and tear you subject your dentures to on a daily basis has roughed out certain sections of your dentures. As a result, you may begin to develop slight wounds or sores around your inner cheeks or along your natural gums. This is a cause for concern as these can easily become infected.

If you notice this, it’s best to see your dentist right away or call ProDentures at 832-688-9726 for an adjustment or replacement dentures as necessary.

Sources:

The 8 Best (And 8 Worst!) Foods For Dentures, Prevention.com

8 Signs You Might Need Dentures, Prevention.com

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