Dentures are an essential part of life for many people, helping them to eat and look classy; however, just like regular teeth, they need to be maintained in order to function properly. One common problem with dentures is that they can misalign over time; keep reading to discover some tell-tale signs that your dentures are not fitting as optimally as they could be.
Indicators of Misalignment
Due to the fact that dentures primarily function to enable you to eat properly, it should come as no surprise that signs of misalignment can be gleaned from this process; particularly, experiencing difficulty chewing after already experiencing a significant amount of time without difficulty, can point to misalignment. This misalignment is often brought about by a reshaping of your gums due to denture usage.
If the shape of your face changes over time, it could point to misaligned dentures; this is because dentures should be applying pressure to your jaw in a similar way to natural teeth, and misalignment of dentures will cause the direction of that pressure to deviate from its ideal direction. Pressure sores are another indicator of misaligned dentures; the pressure sores are a result of uneven pressure distribution along your gums. If you do not experience the same suction or great-fit feeling that you initially experienced when you first got your dentures, then that is also an indication of misalignment.
Another indicator of misalignment is difficulty with speech; your speech was initially impacted by dentures, but you overcame this for a longtime only to have it remerge once again. We hope that this information was helpful; please contract our office for more information, or to schedule an appoint if you suspect that your dentures are no longer aligned the way that they once were.