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Common Warning Signs That You Should Replace Your Dentures

May 16, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — franklindentalteam @ 11:40 pm
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Traditional dentures do an excellent job of replacing missing teeth, allowing people to eat a wider variety of foods and smile with more confidence. Unfortunately, dentures in Tyler don’t last forever. Thus, it’s best to be aware of some of the indicators of failure. Therefore, you can take swift action and avoid the many problems that can arise from wearing a set of dentures for too long. Continue reading to learn what to look for.

An Uncomfortable Fit

As you get older, your jaw and facial shape naturally change. For denture wearers, this can potentially be rather problematic. If the dentures become loose or the normal actions of chewing and speaking become laborious, don’t hesitate to reach out to your dentist to be examined.

Broken or Cracked Teeth

Typically, denture breaks or cracks stem from being dropped or biting down too hard when eating food. Sometimes, they can be repaired, but in most instances, a new set of dentures is required.

Pressure Sores

If your dentures aren’t fitting correctly, pressure sores can develop. They are typically found on the parts of the gums where the dentures apply the most pressure when you bite down. The moment you notice any sores, it’s important to bring it to your dentist’s attention, as the issue will only get worse.

Discolored Dentures

Drinking coffee, tea, dark wine or beer on a regular basis can leave your dentures stained or discolored. Poor dental hygiene can also be a contributor. If your dentures develop a new hue, it’s time to make a change.

Chipped Denture Base

Dentures can’t function properly with a cracked or chipped base. Ignoring the damage could lead to a painful dental emergency.

Chronic Pain

When you first receive a set of dentures, it will take some time for your gums to adjust to having them in your mouth. Initially, you can expect some discomfort, but it should subside in around a month. If the pain continues and sores develop, consider these as indications that a repair or replacement is needed.

Gum Irritation

If you’re experiencing some minor gum irritation, your dentist may be able to make small adjustments. Unfortunately, it’s not always a guarantee that the alterations will work. If you notice sores, raw spots or soft tissue bleeding, let your dentist know so the dentures can be replaced.

When it comes to your oral health and comfortability, the more proactive you are, the better off you’ll be. To put an end to your denture discomfort or other issues, reach out today to schedule a visit with a dentist in Tyler.

About the Author

Dr. Donna Franklin-Pitts earned her dental degree from Howard University. Throughout her career, she has worked tirelessly to stay abreast of the latest dental advancements, techniques and tools by taking hours of continuing education. Additionally, Dr. Franklin-Pitts maintains professional affiliation with several organizations, including the Smith County Dental Society and East Texas Dental Society. She designs and places new dentures at Franklin Dental Center, and she can be reached for more information through her website.

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