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When to Replace Your Dentures
As one of the most popular methods of tooth replacement, dentures are affordable and durable and can improve a person’s overall functionality. However, like any other oral appliance, dentures are also prone to taking damage.
Damaged dentures are not the end of the world, but they should be repaired or replaced so that they can do their job. Being aware of when to replace dentures may be helpful, as it can be hard to know whether a simple repair or a complete replacement is needed.
Reasons to replace dentures
Read on to find out when a dentist may suggest replacing dentures.
Dentures can be durable, but when they get cracked, they are likely to fall apart completely. Cracks in the prosthetics typically do not stay as small as they start out initially. Instead, they can spread and get larger which can eventually destroy the dentures.
If a person drops their dentures or is too rough with them, they may crack. In this case, it may be a good idea to have a dentist examine them. Replacement may be the recommended option, as cracks often are not able to be fixed.
Dentures are also prone to chipping as well as cracking. A chipped denture can put the entire mouth in harm’s way. Chips may cause sharp edges that could cut the gums or lips. It is preferable to have the dentures replaced if there is a significant chip in a part of it. Ultimately, it is recommended to have a dentist examine the oral piece to determine whether or not replacement is necessary.
Dentures, like natural teeth, can become stained over time. Beverages such as coffee, tea or wines can badly stain a set of dentures. Brushing and cleaning may not be able to remove all stains, which can cause these tooth replacements to yellow or become unpleasant to look at. Dentures are not just important for functionality but also for appearance, and teeth whitening does not work on dentures because they are not a natural material. Replacement may be necessary if stains cannot be cleaned otherwise.
Over time, the mouth and jaw can undergo changes, which may affect the way that dentures fit, causing sores on the gum and other issues. In certain situations, a dentist can reline or repair them so that they feel comfortable again. If this is not possible, they may need to be replaced.
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Dentures can significantly improve a person’s life by improving the way their smile looks, as well as how easily they can eat. If for some reason a set of dentures are damaged, then it may be preferable to have them completely replaced.
We would be happy to examine your dentures and help you determine whether they need to be repaired or replaced. If you have questions or concerns then reach out to our office so that we can help. Give us a call or stop by today!
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