If you have made the choice to get dentures, you almost certainly have discovered how much better your quality of life is with them. With the proper care, a good set of dentures can last a long time. Still, as with everything else in our world, your dentures will need to be updated and maintained from time to time.
If you have not come to see us to have your dentures updated recently, you should definitely do so within the next 12 months. Here is why.
Your Mouth Changes
Dentures sit on top of the soft tissue in your mouth. Over time, this tissue changes in shape, meaning that the dentures which once fit like a glove will no longer do so. This can cause all kinds of problems such as difficulty chewing, sores on your gum tissue, and even speech issues. To fix it, we need to re-contour the dentures
Deep Cleaning Doesn’t Get Everything
Although you are probably doing a great job keeping your dentures clean, over time you will find that you just can’t get them clean enough. This is because certain types of bacteria and other microbes will find their way into the denture material. This can cause the dentures to become discolored, and can contribute to problems with bad breath. To remedy this, we need to update your dentures from time to time.
Dentures Wear Down
Keep in mind that your dentures are constantly moving against each other. And, unlike your teeth, using a fluoride toothpaste won’t build them back up. This means that we need to replace the material that gets worn down over time.
The good news is that all of these problems are easily addressed. So, if we haven’t seen you for your dentures recently, give us a call and set up a time to have us take a look.
The use of dentures is not new. It is a tool that many people have used to replace missing or damaged teeth. Many people have enjoyed all the benefits that dentures provide, but that has not stopped others from spreading myths about dentures.
When some people hear these things, they may think that getting dentures is worse than doing nothing. There are 3 myths that people need to ignore no matter what.
Myth # 1 – No More Visits to the Dentist
For one reason or another, many people dread visiting our dentists. They may hear that getting dentures will eliminate the need for this. Our dentists do more than take care of your teeth. They work to help you maintain good oral health. Oral health includes your teeth, or dentures, your gums and your entire mouth. It is just as important visit our offices at least annually whether you have dentures or not to maintain the best oral health possible.
Myth # 2 – Dentures Limit Diet
People enjoy food. They like to eat and do not like to hear that they cannot eat things they like. They worry that getting dentures will mean they can no longer eat all the foods they love. They imagine a diet of soft foods that do not require any chewing. There are some restrictions about what to eat when you have dentures, but they are not as limiting as people may think. Most people only have to make minor adjustments to their diet with dentures.
Myth # 3 -Dentures Last Forever
Just like your natural teeth, the lifespan of dentures depends on several things. The care you give plays a big role in how long dentures last. The care you give to your gums also plays a role. The shape of your mouth and gums will change over time. It is possible that you will need to get new dentures occasionally to make sure they fit properly. It is also possible that you will need new dentures as they wear down over time.
There are other options besides dentures, but for many, dentures are the best choice. There is no reason to worry about some of the things that you hear about dentures that are not true.
For more information about dentures and how they work, contact the dental professionals at our office.