If you’re struggling with your dentures, it might be time to repair or replace them. When dentures fit improperly, it can cause a host of problems including mouth sores and uncomfortable eating. You may also want to look into securing your dentures to dental implants to improve their function and extend their lifespan.
If your dentures are moving when you eat and speak or if you notice that you have sores or tender gums, it’s time to speak with an oral health professional about your replacement teeth.
Denture Adjustments and Repairs
If your dentures aren’t functioning like they used to, an adjustment might help. Relining dentures can help improve their fit so that you can speak clearly and eat more easily.
Sometimes simple adjustments are not enough. Adjustments don’t address issues like chips and cracks, which will require repairs. It’s important to remember that dentures do not last forever. Even if you take great care of your dentures, you will most likely eventually have to replace them.
Sometimes dentures need to be replaced because our bone structure changes substantially after tooth loss. Without our teeth to stimulate our bones, our jaws will atrophy. As the landscape of our oral anatomy changes, adjustments and repairs may make enough of a difference to address ill-fitting dentures.
If you and your dentist decide that it’s time to replace your dentures, our oral surgeon recommends looking into dentures supported by dental implants. A dental implant is a titanium prosthetic that is embedded into the jawbone. It functions like the root of a tooth and when a series of dental implants are placed in the jaw, they can hold a denture.
Anchoring dentures to dental implants can greatly improve a patient’s comfort and their oral function. Dental implants prevent denture movement and bone atrophy. Patients with implant-supported dentures enjoy natural looking replacement teeth and can eat a variety of foods without difficulty.
If you have questions about dental implants and dentures, give our team at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates a call to schedule a tooth replacement consultation with our skilled oral surgeon.