Unlike dental implants, dentures are not rooted into place in your jaw. As a result, when you wear dentures, your jaw will gradually change shape and become reabsorbed over time. These changes mean that your dentures will no longer fit as comfortably as they initially did. Here are some ways you can tell when you need to get your dentures adjusted.
They Feel Loose or Uncomfortable
Properly fitting dentures should rest against your gums smoothly and stay in place easily through suction. If your dentures begin to feel loose and slip around while chewing or talking, you might need to have them adjusted. Your dentures should not cause you any pain or discomfort, so if you start to notice jaw soreness, sores on your gums, or any other oral inflammation, swelling, or irritation, these could be signs that your dentures are not fitting properly.
You Have a Hard Time Chewing or Speaking
While chewing and speaking might not feel as seamless with dentures as it did with your natural teeth, you should be able to comfortably eat and talk with dentures once you get accustomed to them. If it becomes difficult to chew food or you start to have trouble with certain words or letter sounds, this could be an indicator that your dentures should be refitted.
When to Replace Rather than Adjust
Ultimately, dentures do not last forever. Your changing facial structure, along with normal wear and tear, means that dentures typically need to be replaced every five to ten years. However, there are some instances when you should get them replaced sooner. If you drop your dentures and they break, or if some of the prosthetic teeth become chipped or cracked, you might need to replace your dentures or at least have them repaired in our office. Do not attempt to correct cracks, chips, or fit issues yourself. If you have questions about getting your dentures adjusted, call us today.