If you have dentures, you probably think that they will last forever. Unfortunately, over time dentures may need to be replaced. Even with proper care, dentures may begin to deteriorate or become misshapen. In addition, your mouth and jaw may change shape, causing your dentures to fit poorly. So how do you know it's time to replace your dentures? Here are three telltale signs:
1. You're Constantly Using Adhesive
If you are constantly using adhesive to keep your dentures in place, it might be time for a new pair. While adhesive is helpful for the occasional treat, you shouldn't be using it daily – or multiple times per day. In general, your dentures should fit snug and stay in place without any glue or bonding.
For new denture wearers, a simple realignment may help. However, dentures cannot be realigned repeatedly. So if you have already had several alignments and your dentures still just aren't fitting right, you will likely need to replace them.
2. You Notice Cracks or Chips
Just like regular teeth, your dentures should not feature any cracks or chips. If you do notice cracks or chips in your dentures, you will likely need to have them replaced. Cracks and chips affect far more than just the appearance of your dentures. A crack or chip can quickly cause your dentures to break. It can also cause irritation in your mouth, which can lead to painful infections and blisters. So if your dentures are sporting a crack or chip, talk to your dentist about a replacement.
3. They Have Bad Smells and Stains
Another sign that your dentures may need to be replaced is stains and smells. Your dentures should feature pink gums and white teeth. If you drink a lot of coffee, wine, or dark sodas they may begin to stain. Unfortunately, dentures cannot be saved with whitening treatments. Instead, you'll need to replace them.
Additionally, your dentures should be clean and have no noticeable odor. If your dentures are beginning to smell unpleasant, give them a good cleaning. If that doesn't help, talk to your dentist. You might have a mouth or gum infection. If you have tried the above but they still stink, you probably need a new pair.
While you might think dentures should last forever, it's rare that they do. Luckily, you can ensure that your mouth remains healthy and looking fantastic by knowing when to replace your trusty dentures. By following these tips and consulting with your dentist, you won't have to guess.