Dentures wear out – The material used to make your dentures is very durable, but is not intended to last forever. Dentures can break if dropped and need to be replaced at regular intervals. Even with the most meticulous care, the appearance of your dentures can change with your diet, as you chew, and simply as they age. Many other factors can change the way your dentures fit in your mouth.
Over time without teeth, gums and the bone in your jaw can shrink. If the dentures get too dry for too long, their shape may change. If the dentures are placed in hot or boiling water, they may warp, and will no longer fit properly. The gap between the denture of the gums may require the dentures to be relined. Small-diameter implants can help to protect the bone of the jaw, and keep the dentures fitting better for longer.
Denture wearers need to continue regular dentist visits – If you thought losing your teeth let you off the hook in regards to visiting the dentist, think again. People who do not have teeth can still have oral problems. You should still see your dentist twice a year for an oral health assessment. Your dentist will perform an oral cancer screening, and can check for other conditions, like diabetes, that can cause symptoms in the mouth. Overtime, your jaws or your face can change, and this changes the way that your dentures fit, and your dentist can make adjustments so that they fit better. As the fit of your dentures changes, this can cause irritations, sores, or infections. Some medications, such as blood pressure medications or medication for chest pain, can have side effects, including enlargement of gum tissue, that can change the way your dentures fit. Odors, tartar, and stains will be removed by the dentist or hygienist. Your dentist will also review your medical history and any medications you may be on.
Dentures can look natural – Some people may be embarrassed by the signs of wearing a denture, such as slipping, clicking, or the worn teeth. People wearing dentures should be able to talk normally and eat without pain, or dentures falling out. Dentures can be made to look aesthetically pleasing and natural, and can even make you look younger. The red gum of the dentures can help to increase the fullness of your face, as well as supporting facial muscles, to minimize lines and wrinkles. Stability is vital for this.