How often should you get new dentures? Although today’s dentures are made to be very durable, people often have to get new dentures within a few short years.
In some cases, defects may be to blame. However, in most cases the need for new dentures has to do with a physical change of your body. Below I want to share with you some tips to help you identify your possible need for new dentures.
How often should you get new dentures? If your dentures continually drop out of your mouth while talking or eating food, you need to see a dentist. Most people attempt to ignore this and think that applying more denture adhesive is a remedy. If this is happening to you it is likely due to bone loss.
Although dentures are teeth, they only sit on top of the gum and jaw bone. When you don’t have teeth within the jaw bone, it begins to recede or erode away. When this happens, your gums shrink to fit the remaining jaw bone.
Many patients with denture problems don’t react soon enough. Old dentures can cause sore jaw muscles and even migraine headaches.
Dental professionals also state that weight loss or weight gain can prompt the need for new dentures as well. In some cases, your dentist may be able to relign your denture but this depends on how soon the problem with your dentures is brought to their attention.
Medications and diseases like osteoporosis can cause the jaw bone to deteriorate quickly in patients with dentures. Dentists additionally recommend that patients with dentures also have an oral cancer screening once a year at minimum.
Tip: Poorly fitting dentures can affect your ability to properly chew your food. This can cause problems with digestion leading on to other medical problems.
However, there still may be off brands on some store shelves that still pose a risk to you. Check the ingredient label on the tube or box of any dental adhesive that you buy, even if it says that it is zinc free.
It is easy to simply return a product to the store that does not work. You can not however return health issues to the tube of adhesive so it is best to always check for your own safety.