For many people, wearing a set of dentures offers a way to continue enjoying the foods they love without making major changes in diet. For others, dentures help them gain or maintain confidence in their smile. Whatever your motive for wearing dentures, it is important that your dentures continue to work effectively. After all, what’s a nice pair of dentures if they aren’t doing their job? Here are three signs that your dentures may not be up to par.
Are you using more adhesive than usual? Denture adhesives come in a variety of brands and forms, but they all share the purpose of holding dentures in place. Some turn to dental adhesives to avoid the hassle of their dentures slipping out of place during conversation or while eating. As individuals age, the bones forming the dental structure slowly shrink, which can cause dentures to become loose. According to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), if your dentures were properly fitted and have been maintained appropriately, then you likely won’t need an adhesive. If you find that you’re running out of adhesive sooner than expected, it may be time to talk with your dentist and make sure your dentures are still fitting properly.
Are your gums sore? Maybe you’re not quickly using up your supply of dental adhesive, but your mouth is sore, or even swollen and inflamed. If so, this could be another sign that your dentures are ineffective in terms of their fit. Some discomfort is normal the first few days after you start wearing dentures. You may even need to see your dentist for adjustments within the first two days. However, if you notice a sore spot that doesn’t improve, swelling of the gums, or if an open sore forms, you should check in with your dentist. There are many factors taken into consideration in the fitting and making of dentures, and if just one of these factors are not done properly, your dentures may not fit and function adequately.
Are your dentures cracked or chipped? This one may seem obvious, but some may be tempted to keep using their broken dentures to avoid the extra money and time involved with having dentures repaired. Remember, though, that your dentures were fitted and made specifically for your mouth. Even if you don’t notice a difference right away, broken dentures are not effective dentures. In addition, broken dentures are at risk of breaking or cracking further. If you find even a small break, chip, or crack in your dentures, you should seek help from your dentist.
Dentures are a great way for people to meet their dental needs. However, when dentures are ineffective, they can become a source of painful and costly complications. If you find yourself faced with any of these three signs, don’t hesitate to pay your dental practitioner a visit.