Dentures are a popular tooth replacement option for many Medina patients, and knowing how to take care of your dentures and when to replace them will prevent discomfort and pain. Modern dentures utilize quality materials that are meant to be durable and comfortable; however, they still have an expiration date.
Dr. Sanjay Karunagaran at Frontier Dental is here to help you maintain your dentures and replace them when necessary.
What Is the Lifespan of Dentures?
The first step in extending the life of your dentures involves good oral hygiene like brushing and flossing. However, over time, wear and tear will always take a toll. As we age, our body changes, including our oral structure. Dentures can stop being a secure fit as your bone structure and gum soft tissue change.
Since dentures can last five to seven years, they will eventually need to be repaired or replaced for your health and comfort.
Dr. Karunagaran will be able to determine if your dentures only need a simple adjustment to correct an issue. During your regular dental check-ups, we can examine your dentures to look for any signs of wear and tear. The gum-colored part of the dentures may start looking dull or faded or may be hard to clean. Your Medina dentist will look for hairline fractures and cracks, and evidence of damage on the teeth. During your dental appointment at Frontier Dental, we encourage patients to share their questions and concerns with us regarding your dentures.
Signs to Watch out For
Dentures can restore your ability to eat, chew, laugh, and more. Replacing and repairing your dentures will give you a healthy and attractive smile. Dentures that do not fit can cause discomfort and pain. If you notice any of the following signs, please give us a call immediately:
- Irritated gum tissue
- Neck pain, headaches, facial pain
- Gum sores
- Denture stains
- Chronic pain
- Difficulty chewing
- Loose dentures that fall out unexpectedly
- Chips and cracks
Repairing or replacing your dentures will keep your bite aligned and your mouth healthy. When dentures cause pain, patients may be tempted not to wear them. Without dentures in place, your bone structure can start changing and require entirely new dentures.
Are You Ready to Call Us for Dentures?
Whether you are considering dentures or already have your new teeth, we want to remain a part of your preventive dentistry. Dentures can last a long time with proper care and maintenance, including regular visits with Frontier Dental. If you start noticing discomfort or a change in the fit of your dentures, you may be ready for a replacement. Give us a call to schedule your denture appointment with us.