Comfort and Fit: Why Replace a Worn Denture?

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When you get dentures, you think of it as a long-term solution, and it usually is.  But like any other improvement, time—and normal wear and tear—may take their toll.

Do Dentures Change Over Time, Or Do You?

Well, both.  Although your dentures will probably do their job well for a very long time, a lot of things can change how well they work.  In addition to the usual wearing down from years of daily use, dentures can lose some of their fit due to the acidity level of the wearer’s saliva, cleaning or polishing routines that are too abrasive, or years of chewing hard objects such as ice or nuts, which can cause cracks.  And then there’s the matter of changing bone mass—we all tend to lose it as we age naturally—which can eventually cause plates to no longer fit properly.  Even some weight gain or loss can affect the shape of your gums.

Why It’s More Than Just Appearance

Excessively worn, stained, or ill-fitting dentures may make us self-conscious about how we look, but the matter is much more serious than that.  Not only do worn dentures affect our ability to smile or speak, they can be painful and even create ulcers (sores) in our mouths.

Even worse, dentures that no longer fit properly can impact our ability to chew, and that’s really a problem, because it means we either start avoiding a lot of healthy foods because we can’t eat them, or what we eat isn’t chewed properly, and that leads to digestion issues.  In short, worn-down dentures aren’t just inconvenient or cosmetically unappealing:  they can represent a real health risk that needs to be addressed.

There Are Always Solutions

Depending on how badly dentures are worn or damaged, there are several things that can be done. For example, it’s possible to replace a single tooth if it’s the only part of the dentures that’s damaged. If the rest of the set isn’t causing a problem, then a partial repair job may be the most practical solution.

Or, if there are minor cracks that can be mended, fixing them is an option, too.  As for discolored dentures—a cosmetic issue only—there are whitening treatments that will address that problem.  For really short-term answers, fixatives (also called adhesives) can help with loose fittings, but those are known to cause gum irritation and may not be the best solution.

Keep in mind that all of these are temporary fixes, and you might find yourself back in your prosthodontics’ chair before long.  So a more comprehensive course of action may be called for.

One possibility it to have the dentures reshaped, relined, or adjusted if there is a lot of damage or severe misalignment.  The advantage to this approach is that it’s a more substantial solution than “quick fixes,”  but it’s also more costly.   Considering the degree of work and expense that goes into a major re-fit, it may make sense to opt for a completely new set of dentures.  There’s more expense involved in that, of course, but you have to look at the long-term picture:  If you have to keep going back for more repair work over and over again, that runs into a considerable amount of money and inconvenience.  It may be best to just start over.

What should you ask yourself before?

It’s best to discuss your options with your prosthodontic provider, but he or she would probably ask you to think about some of these key issues:

If a lot of extensive work is required, which is the better option:  minor repairs to damaged parts of the dentures, or a complete overhaul or replacement?

How much inconvenience are you willing to “live with”?  Assuming there’s no pain or no potential for eating problems, is it practical to wait to do something, and if so, for how long?

What are your budgetary concerns?  If money’s tight, what is the best solution?  There are ways to offset costly treatments, such as financing arrangements, or—better yet—finding a qualified healthcare specialist who won’t gouge you.

Are you willing to discontinue any actions on your part that may have contributed to the problem, such as improper or infrequent cleaning, or chewing on hard objects?

If you’ve thought through some of these issues, then it’s time to take the next step!

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