Signs You Should Have Your Dentures Adjusted
Posted on 7/24/2023 by Dr. Castellon
| Unlike dental implants and implant-supported dentures, traditional dentures are not anchored into your jaw. As such, when you wear them, your jaw starts to change its shape as the bone gets reabsorbed over time. As the changes occur, your dentures may fail to fit properly as they did when you first received them. Here are a few ways you detect that you need the dentures adjusted.
Loose or Uncomfortable Dentures
Properly fitting dentures need to rest against the gums smoothly and remain in place seamlessly through suction. When dentures start to feel loose or they slip around when talking and chewing, you need to see a dentist so that they are adjusted. Dentures should not cause pain or discomfort. Therefore, if you start to notice sores on the gums, soreness of the jaw, or other oral inflammations, irritation, or swelling, they could indicate problems with the dentures. The dentures may not be fitting properly.
Difficulties Chewing or Speaking
Speaking and chewing might not feel as easy with dentures compared to how it is with your natural teeth. When wearing dentures, you need to be able to eat and talk comfortably after you are accustomed to them. In case you are finding it difficult to chew food, you may need to get them refitted. Also, if you start having trouble with some words or letter sounds, it could indicate that the prostheses are not fitting properly.
When to Replace Dentures
Sometimes, you may want to replace the denture rather than adjust them. Since dentures will not last forever, you need to know when you get a new set. The changing facial structure together with the wear and tear means that your dentures need replacement every 5 to 10 years. That being said, there are some situations where you have to get the prostheses replaced sooner. If, for instance, you drop the dentures and they break, you need to replace them. Again, if they become cracked or chipped, get them replaced or repaired. Do not try to correct chips, cracks, or fit tissues by yourself. Only a professional should do this job. Contact us if you have any questions regarding denture adjustment, repair, or replacement.