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Dentist Inspects a Patient’s Partial Dentures for Any Form of Damage

Partial dentures are indispensable for those who are suffering from a few missing teeth.

Routine care and maintenance are required to ensure that your partial dentures stay in great condition so they will last longer. However, nothing lasts forever.

There will come a time when you’ll need your local Houston dentist to craft replacement partial dentures for you. The key is knowing when you should go see an elder dentist who caters to older folks.

With that in mind, here are four tell-tale signs that it’s the best time to see your dentist to discuss having new partial dentures made:

Cracks, Chips, and Other Forms of Damage


From accidentally biting down on a bone while eating to accidentally dropping your partial dentures while cleaning, there are many instances where partial dentures may sustain damage.

Just as you would if your natural teeth sustain a crack or chip, make sure you see a trusted dentist with ProDentures as soon as possible if your dentures sustain damage. Even the smallest chip can lead to unbalanced pressure when chewing or speaking, which may damage neighboring teeth.

Partial Dentures Seem to Becoming Loose


Over time, the jaw bone will actually lose density and begin to shift. You may not notice this immediately, but you may begin to notice that your dentures seem to feel loose all of a sudden.

When this happens, be sure to see your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist can easily make the necessary adjustments to your partial dentures and ensure they fit properly, helping you avoid the embarrassment of partial denture falling out while speaking and prevent the development of sores along the gums.

Gums Have Become Swollen


Gum irritation is common when wearing new dentures for the first time, but this should subside after a few days or weeks. However, gum irritation to the point of causing your gums to become inflamed or cause gum bleeding is a cause for concern.

This often means that the surface of the partial dentures has sustained some form of damage and is now irritating the gums. This issue can easily be resolved by asking your dentist to fashion you a new set of partials for you.

Your Current Dentures Are More Than 5 Years Old


Dentures go through a lot over the course of their lifetime thanks to the pressure exerted while speaking and chewing. As such, it isn’t uncommon to see wear and tear at some point.

If your current set of partial dentures are more than five years old, pay your dentist a visit and have him assess the condition of your dentures and whether or not you’ll need to have a new set made.

When it comes to your dentures, you should never settle for anything less than a set prepared by a trusted doctor with ProDentures.  We offer partial dentures with outstanding long-term warranties.

Sources:


Removable Partial Dentures, MouthHealthy.org

8 Signs You Might Need Dentures, Prevention.com

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