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Dentures are a wonderful way to restore your lower and upper arch. Dentures are the preferred form of dental restoration for patients who are either missing most of their teeth or those undergoing dental issues such as gum disease or dental trauma. That being said, dentures don’t last forever, unfortunately. But how do you know when the best time to replace your dentures is?

Today, Advanced Indiana will be explaining how to determine when you should have your dentures replaced. There are many common signs that your dentures may have reached the end of their useful term. This article will explain some of those common indicators so that you’ll know what to look out for.

How Long Do Dentures Last?

Before we get to some of the most common signs of dentures in need of replacing, let’s talk about how long dentures typically last. While dentures can be made from a variety of high-quality materials ranging from ceramic to acrylic, the type of material used has no impact on the lifespan of your dentures. On average, dentures last between 7 and 10 years. If you’ve worn your dentures for longer than 10 years, you should have them assessed by your dentist to see whether they are still functioning at their best.

Common Signs That It’s Time to Have Your Dentures Replaced

Like any form of dental restoration, dentures should be regularly replaced to maintain their usefulness and to promote optimal oral health. Here is a list of the most common signs that your dentures should be replaced.

Difficulty Speaking Clearly

One of the most common indicators that your dentures need to be replaced can be found in the inability to speak clearly. Typically, this is related to your dentures being loose. When your dentures become loose, you may find yourself slurring your words. Additionally, you may notice that you sound “slushy” and have trouble articulating your words. In this event, your dentures will need to either be replaced or adjusted to ensure that you can speak clearly and be understood easily.

Your Dentures Feel Loose or Fall Out Regularly

While a great pair of dentures will stay in place as you speak or chew due to friction alone, you may notice your dentures becoming loose or falling out over time. While the tight fit between your denture and gum is typically sufficient to keep them in place during most activities, dentures can become loose fitting over the years. If you find that this is the case with your dentures, it is likely time to replace them or have them adjusted at the very least. As a short-term fix, you can use a dental adhesive to rectify this issue until your dentures are replaced.

Your Dentures Are Discolored or Damaged

Have you noticed cracks or chips in your dentures? Have one or more of the teeth become loose? Are you noticing discoloration? If any of these issues are apparent, it’s time to have your dentures replaced. With proper care, these types of issues can be avoided for a while, but eventually you’ll come to notice damage and discoloration. You may particularly notice discoloration in your dentures if you regularly drink tea, coffee, or wine while wearing them. In any event, these are all common signs that your dentures should be replaced.

You Are Experiencing Discomfort

Finally, it should be noted that dentures that are in good shape and fit in the mouth properly should never cause you any pain or discomfort. On the other hand, if you start to notice pain or discomfort when you chew or speak, your dentures will need to be replaced. This is a common sign that your dentures have surpassed their useful period. You should also be on the lookout for any sores, lesions, or other changes in the overall health of your gums. Dentures that are worn out can cause these types of issues.

Restorative Dentistry from Advanced Indiana!

Looking for restorative dentistry services that you can depend on? Whether you’re looking for a reliable pair of dentures or want to check into dental implants, our team is highly knowledgeable and can exceed your expectations. We strive to offer service of the highest quality to all our patients. With offices conveniently located in both Fortville and Indiana, we’re always just around the corner. Feel free to contact us today or set up an appointment online! We look forward to serving you.