When you first received your dentures in Spring a few years ago, you couldn’t have been happier. After suffering through having missing teeth for so long, you could finally eat healthy, crunchy foods and smile with complete confidence. However, recently your gums have been feeling a little sore, especially when you remove your dentures at night. What should you do when your prosthesis doesn’t fit as it should? Keep reading to learn a couple of options that your dentist can provide.
How to Recognize That Your Dentures Don’t Fit
If you experience any of the following signs, it may be time to visit your dentist to discuss replacing your dentures:
- Sores or swollen/red areas of your gum tissue underneath the dentures
- Clacking or whistling noises when you chew or speak
- Slurred speech or problems with speech in general
- Difficulty chewing
- Mouth infections
- Frequent headaches
Generally, you’ll be presented with two choices when it’s time to replace your dentures:
Getting New Dentures
When you suffer through tooth loss, your jawbone begins to deteriorate over time. As a result, your gum tissue and jaw start to gradually change, even if you wear dentures. Unfortunately, this causes your dentures to lose their snug fit every five to ten years.
This gives you a chance to invest in a brand-new pair of dentures. Your dentist will take impressions of your mouth to design your new prosthesis, which should fit like a charm, at least for the next few years.
If you’re looking for a pair of dentures that won’t lose their fit over the years, you could try dentures that are secured in place by dental implants in Spring. An average of four to six of these biocompatible titanium posts are placed throughout your jawbone in the places where they’ll provide the most support for a denture. This gives you the opportunity to enjoy all the benefits of dental implants while still replacing all of your missing teeth at once.
Some of these benefits include:
- A success rate of over 95%, even after 10 years
- Replacement teeth that look and feel perfectly natural
- Preservation of your jawbone density
- Protecting your facial structures from sagging as they would with dentures alone
- Lasting for up to 30 years, possibly even longer with excellent care
- Less expensive than replacing dentures every few years
Ultimately, the decision of what to do with your ill-fitting dentures is up to you and your dentist, but most dentists would recommend implant-retained dentures to give you a sturdy, beautiful smile that stands the test of time.
About the Author
Dr. Clifton Baldwin graduated from the University of Texas Dental School – Houston Branch in 1984. He is an avid learner passionately dedicated to continuing education and has pursued courses in a variety of areas of dentistry. As a result of his extensive training, he rarely if ever has to refer his patients to an outside specialist. He can perform the entire implant-retained dentures procedure in his own office. To learn more, contact his practice here.