It has been some time since your denture causes some discomfort. You have the impression of wearing a denture that moves. You feel gum pain. Its effectiveness seems to have decreased. He does not cut food anymore, as he did before. What’s more, friends have mentioned that your face looks old and your smile has lost some of its lusters. What’s going on? Could these elements be related to each other? It may well be that the answer is yes!
These elements are the early signs of an aging denture. Recognizing these signs can help you answer the question that sometimes comes your way: when should I change my dentures? Most importantly, these signs should remind you that an annual visit to your denturologist can help you avoid a denture that hurts and a lot of health problems. It is recognized today that the lifespan of a denture is between 5 and 7 years. This duration varies according to various criteria, including the condition of the mouth of people or the type of maintenance they bring to their dentures.
Your denturologist has the necessary expertise to assess the condition of your denture and suggest various options for adjustments, repairs, or replacement. His assessment is based on the age of your denture, the condition of your mouth and various precursors. Let’s take a look together at these warning signs that may mean that your denture needs to be changed.
A denture that moves
A denture that moves is a denture that is no longer properly adjusted to the shape of your mouth. Over time, changes have been created in your mouth. And your denture, once well adjusted to your gums and jaws, is no longer fit because of these changes. Your denturologist can see how to make the adjustments required for your comfort. But sometimes, this is no longer possible. The denture is getting older, and your mouth will continue to change over time, which can not improve things.
A poorly fitting and aged denture often causes discomfort, gum pain, and even irritation. If you wear aging dentures, you can hurt your gums when you eat. And this precursor sign is not to be taken lightly. These pains can have consequences on your oral and general health. Difficulties to eat properly can then occur. Gum pain during meals encourages you to avoid certain foods, but most importantly, they prevent you from chewing enough food. In such cases, various problems of dietary deficiencies and digestion may appear.
Difficulties in cutting food
Another sign that your denture may be changing: its effectiveness in cutting food is no longer what it was. Indeed, an aged denture has worn teeth. And teeth in such a state can no longer fulfill their role during meals. Foods are no longer cut or crushed properly, despite your chewing efforts. The consequences here are similar to those of gum pain. You may end up choosing only a certain category of foods, opening the door to various dietary deficiencies. Or, you can get into the habit of swallowing low or low-fat foods, causing digestive problems.
A form of an aged face
An aged denture is poorly adjusted. It is no longer suitable for changes that the mouth has undergone over the years. And a poorly fitting denture leaves a form of an aged face. Indeed, the structure of the face and jaw do not correspond to that of the dentures, which accentuates the aging of the face. If you have observed this fact or your loved ones have mentioned it to you, notify your denturologist.
Yellow teeth or loss of teeth
Finally, missing or yellowed teeth on a denture are a sign that he has aged. Your denturologist may, in some cases, repair broken teeth. He will then see to evaluate the relevance of the repair according to the age of the dentures. On the other hand, it can not whiten the yellow teeth of dental prostheses. All these precursors are the signs of aging of your dentures. Your denturologist will be able, after evaluation, to inform you about the best solutions to adopt for your dental health and your comfort.