Dentures are the most popular and cost effective way to replace missing teeth — whether it’s a few teeth or all of their teeth. Our Royal Oak Michigan dental office is using lifelike dentures to replace missing teeth. These appliances look great, are affordable, and restore some of patients biting force.
At North Oaks Dental, we love helping patients overcome their dental problem, small or large. We fabricate many dentures and consult patients about how to maintain their dentures. So today we want to run over some of the reasons your dentures don’t fit. Ill-fitting dentures are a major problem. Bad dentures make it difficult to eat the food you love, and worse, dentures that slide around in the mouth can cause sores or discomfort.
Give us a call today at 248-712-1522 or use the online form to book a visit. Here are the three reasons your dentures may not fit anymore.
1. The Dentures Are Warped
Dentures will warp overtime because of age or maintenance issues. We give our patients a list of maintenance instructions for any treatment, and dentures are no different. We ask our denture patients to clean their teeth in lukewarm water. Dentures that warp with age often haven’t been stored properly. If dentures are not stored in water and kept damp, they will dry out and change shape. Dry dentures can become brittle and break easily, especially if they are dropped (It happens!).
2. You jawbone is receding
Jawbone recession is a physical change that happens whenever the teeth are lost. The jawbone keeps the teeth in place, and whenever the teeth are gone, the jawbone loses its main function. Jawbone recessions occurs immediately after the teeth are lost. And then the jawbone recession will get worse overtime. If you have dentures resting on the gums and are experiencing jawbone recession, it’s hard to find a good fit for the dentures because the jawbone is constantly changing. Additionally, people with jawbone recession often develop wrinkles around their mouth or have a sunken in appearance. These changes can make you you look much older than you are.
3. They may have outlived their usefulness
No restoration will last forever, and that is especially true for dentures. As you learned above, these appliances can break or warp. Unfortunately, we can only align dentures so many times before that set of teeth needs to be replaced. Studies have found that dentures last between 5 to 7 years, though of course some will last much longer than that. If you’re following good maintenance practices, you’ll greatly increase the lifespan of your dentures.
You can stabilize your dentures
Dentures stay in the mouth based on fit and often adhesives. But patients often grow tired of alining their dentures or using adhesives. And now, at North Oaks Dental, you can replace your dentures — or stabilize your dentures — with dental implants, which are the strongest tooth replacement you can get. Implants are placed into the jawbone to prevent jawbone recession and giving you a biting force that nearly matches natural teeth. If you’re struggling with bad dentures or need more stabilize in your replacement teeth, North Oaks Dental can help. Give us a call today at 248-712-1522 to book a visit.