How Can You Tell That Your Dentures Need Repair/Replacement?

If you have lost one or more of your permanent teeth, you may want to consider dentures. Dentures, whether full or partial, are some of the most common and affordable tooth replacement options you will come across. While dentures are strong as well as durable, they aren't meant to last a lifetime. They may need some repairs or even replacement at some point. It's important to be aware of when you have to repair or replace your dentures. That's because your overall dental health depends on the proper functioning of your dentures. Therefore, here are some of the tell-tale signs that it's time for your denture repairs or replacement.

Gum Irritation

Gum irritation is something you may experience in the first few days after the treatment. You will get used to it after some time. However, if you start feeling some irritation on your gums after years of wearing your dentures, you should check with your dentist as soon as possible. The dentures may have to be repaired or replaced. Usually, gum irritation is a result of dentures that aren't fitting properly. Ill-fitting dentures can rub on your gums, causing the irritation. In most cases, the irritation will be accompanied by raw spots, pressure sores, inflammation, and in severe cases, bleeding.

Changes in The Fit of Your Dentures

Your bone structure shifts over time. When this happens, the fit of your dentures will also change. Denture fit changes are easy to notice because you will often feel some level of discomfort. Eating and even speaking can become quite a challenge too. If you notice a change in the fit of your dentures, don't bend them in an attempt to achieve the correct fit. Doing this can only result in the dentures cracking. Talk to you dentist instead. Your dentures may have to be adjusted, or you may need new dentures.

Chipped Dentures

Small accidents such as dropping your dentures can result in chips or cracks in the dentures. This is a sign that you need to have them checked. Chips, cracks, or pits in your dentures won't greatly affect how they function. However, you shouldn't ignore the problem. The chips can create uneven and sharp surfaces on your dentures that may irritate the soft tissues in your mouth. But that's not what you should be worried about. Ignoring the cracks allows them to become bigger over time. When that happens, you may have to replace the full denture, which will be costlier.

For more information, contact your dental clinic