At McCabe Denture Clinic, we know that having dentures in good working order is an essential component of feeling comfortable and enjoying a high quality of life. If you start to experience issues with your dentures, you may wonder if it’s time for a replacement. Here are six signs you need new dentures:
Signs You Need New Dentures
1. Loose fit
Your dentures should fit your mouth properly in order to work as they should. If your dentures begin to feel loose, it’s time to consider replacing them. Typically a reline will help the fit if the dentures are in good shape and aren’t too old.
2. Difficulty speaking or eating
One of the main reasons patients get dentures is to improve their ability to eat and chew. While it’s not unusual to need some time to adjust to your new dentures when you first get them, if you begin to have difficulty speaking or eating later on, it could be a sign that you need a new set.
3. Unnatural appearance and changes to your face shape
Your teeth have a big impact on your appearance, even in the shape of your face. Dentures will help to prevent your cheeks from falling inward and should be just as effective as natural teeth in this way. Some tell-tale signs that you need new dentures are when your cheeks and jawline start to look different or your face begins to sag.
4. Gum and jaw pain
Well-fitting dentures should not cause you pain. While they’ll feel different than natural teeth, jaw soreness, uneven pressure, sores, gum irritation or inflammation could be signs that you need a new denture. Depending on your situation, your dentures may just need adjustments.
5. Discolouration, damage and odours
While some damage to your dentures can be fixed, like a broken tooth or a chip, extensive damage or discolouration means it’s time for an upgrade. Regular cleaning, according to your denturists’ instructions, should prevent stains and odours.
6. Dentures are over 10 years old
Whether you’ve experienced any of the above issues or not, you should replace your dentures based on their age alone. If you have dentures that are more than 10 years old, visit your denturist to talk about a replacement so you can avoid potential issues in the future.
At McCabe Denture Clinic, our team is here to help with all of your denture needs. Contact us and we’d be happy to help!