Dentures in Grants Pass are an incredibly useful tool. Not only can they help you to enjoy a confident, natural-looking smile, but they can also give you enough chewing power to enjoy practically any food. However, dentures do have a few downsides, one of which is that the way they fit can change over time. How can you tell if your denture fits properly? What can you do if it does not? This blog post addresses these important questions.
Why the Fit Might Change
While many people think of bones as being permanent, static structures, that is far from the truth. They are constantly being broken down and built up as part of the bone metabolism process. After you lose your teeth, your bone metabolism leads to another process known as resorption. Your jaw is no longer supporting your tooth roots, so your body automatically begins to recycle the raw bone material. Over time, resorption causes the bone to become smaller. Eventually, the changes to the bone’s size and shape will reach the point where your denture no longer fits properly.
Signs of Ill-Fitting Dentures
Some signs of dentures that no longer fit well include:
- Difficulty chewing
- Sores on your gums
- Pain and discomfort
- Difficulty speaking clearly
- The dentures often slip when you are eating or speaking
- Your cheeks and jawline no longer look the same when you are wearing your dentures
What You Can Do
If you notice that your dentures do not fit like they should, visit your dentist. They may recommend one of the following solutions:
- Get your dentures adjusted. Your dentist might be able to slightly alter the lining in your dentures’ base so they once again fit snugly on your gums. This relining process is usually necessary once every one to two years.
- Get new dentures. If adjusting your dentures is not possible, your dentist might recommend that you get a new set. You can expect this to happen every 5 – 10 years or so.
- Ask your dentist if you are a candidate for dental implants in Grants Pass. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root. Once implants are inserted into the jawbone, they can stimulate it and prevent it from changing shape. Artificial teeth can be attached to the implants. An implant-supported denture can either be permanently attached to the implants, or it may “snap” onto and off of them via small attachments. You’ll never have to worry about the the fit changing.
Do your dentures fit like they should? If not, now is the time to schedule an appointment with your dentist so you can get back to enjoying a well-fitting, fully functional smile.
About the Author
Dr. Tanner Barratt is the leader of our team at Premier Care Dental in Grants Pass. He is a skilled restorative dentist who is proud to provide both traditional dentures and implant-supported prosthetics. Our team can even perform the implant placement surgery right here in our office. To learn more about Dr. Barratt and his services, contact our team at 541-476-4583.