Are your dentures causing discomfort? Do they move when you eat or speak? If your dentures have become uncomfortable or fit differently than they use to, it is likely time to talk to an oral health professional about denture repair or replacement. Wearing ill-fitting dentures can cause gum soreness and oral discomfort. Worn out dentures also reduce oral function and can make eating incredibly difficult. Fortunately, there are solutions for regaining oral function and improving your quality of life. In addition to relining and repairing dentures, you may want to consider replacing worn out prosthetics with implant-supported dentures.
How do I know when it’s time to repair or replace my dentures?
The most common way that patients determine whether their dentures require repair is when they begin to cause discomfort. Since dentures rest on top of the gums, they can cause soreness and irritation. Another reason to replace or reline dentures is if they begin to move. Properly fitting dentures should not move when eating or speaking.
Why do dentures cause discomfort?
Dentures typically cause discomfort when they do not fit properly. While dentures are custom made, they will eventually need to be replaced as the mouth changes shape. Edentulous patients experience bone atrophy with time and as the body resorbs bone mass, the shape of the jaw will change. This causes dentures that once fit to move during oral function. Changes in the shape of the jaw can also cause dentures to feel uncomfortable.
What are my options?
If your dentures are uncomfortable, they may need to be relined. If simple denture repair is not enough to restore quality of life and oral function, they should be replaced. Today, patients have many options when it comes to replacing lost teeth. Those with worn out and uncomfortable dentures may want to consider All-on-4 implants. All-on-4 replaces all lost teeth by permanently anchoring prosthetic teeth to precisely placed dental implants. This is a comfortable and longer lasting alternative to traditional dentures.
To learn more about All-on-4 and your prosthetic replacement options, contact EverSmile at 214-234-9143 and schedule an appointment with our skilled team of oral surgeons.