Denture Repair in the North Arlington & Kearny Areas
When Do Dentures Need to Be Repaired?
Even the smallest denture issues require immediate attention. This is because small problems can quickly become big problems in the world of denture care, and you don’t want to run into trouble with daily tasks like eating and talking. Damaged dentures can also cut the soft tissues of your mouth, so they require immediate repair.
Here are some signs that your dentures need to be repaired:
- Your dentures begin to not fit properly, either becoming tighter or looser than they normally are.
- You begin to experience mouth sores.
- Your gums begin to bleed or swell.
- Your jaw or gums become sore.
- You notice changes in your facial structure.
- Your dentures are stained.
- Your breath continues to have an odor despite proper oral hygiene.
- You notice changes in your usual speech patterns or have trouble speaking.
- Your dentures are broken, chipped or have any kind of damage.
How Long Do Dentures Typically Last?
Maybe you haven’t experienced any of the telltale signs above, but you are still curious about maintaining your dentures. The endurance of a pair of dentures will vary on a case-by-base basis, but they tend to lose their fit and optimal function between four and ten years after you start wearing them.
Because of the uncertain lifespan of dentures, among other reasons, it is important that denture wearers still visit the dentist at least once a year. This is true even if they have no natural teeth left. Other reasons include the fact that oral hygiene, healthy gums and stable bone structure are necessary for supporting dentures. Additionally, your dentist can clean the dentures and check for signs of oral cancer and other medical problems.
Avoiding visits to the dentist leaves you no chance of noticing and treating oncoming issues early. This is especially a problem for older patients, who may begin to miss out on a proper diet if dentures become uncomfortable and dysfunctional. While the longevity of dentures can be unclear, if you want to extend yours, it is best to make these visits frequently so we can avoid more repairs than necessary, saving you money and keeping your oral health in check.
How Do Denture Repairs at Smile Design Specialists: Richard Ekstein, DMD Work?
Dentures are an addition to your body, so they need check-ups the same way various parts of your body do. If you visit us regularly and allow us to perform these necessary check-ups, chances are higher that we will be able to perform a repair rather than a full denture replacement.
Types of denture repairs include a denture reline, denture rebase and an adjustment. A denture reline involves reshaping the underside of a denture to increase comfortability. Rebasing, on the other hand, is performed when the denture teeth have not worn out as heavily as the denture base has. The acrylic denture base is replaced with new acrylic. Lastly, adjustments are performed to relieve discomfort due to an ill-fitting denture.
If you would like us to examine the shape of your dentures or believe you may be in need of a repair, please contact us at (201) 627-5060 – we would be delighted to give you a more comfortable smile.
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