Modern denture materials are resilient to say the least but they are not meant to last forever. Our mouths change slowly as we age and this process is accelerated with the loss of teeth. Patients with no teeth lose approximately 1/3mm of jawbone height each year. In addition to loss of bone tissue, gum tissue shrinks as well (gum tissue is sometimes referred to as ridges). Ridges and bone tissue can shrink up to a quarter inch in 5-10 years! Your dentures were designed to firmly fit the original shape of your oral anatomy at the time you purchased them. If your oral anatomy has changed you may notice that your dentures have become loose and are unstable affecting you in several ways:
Your dentures click, whistle, slip or cause chewing problems.
You routinely need to use denture pads.
Slurring of speech.
You have ongoing pain or sore spots.
An annual checkup with your Denturist is recommended to help avoid these problems. New or refitted dentures can help you look better by providing your lips and mouth with better support and giving your face and smile a more natural appearance. They will also enhance your chewing ability, helping you digest food better. All this adds up to better oral health and appearance! Denturists know when you need to replace or refit your dentures and they recommend doing this every 5-7 years. Contact your Denturist today and have the condition of your dentures assessed for optimal fit and functionality!