There are plenty of misconceptions surrounding dentures – one of the most pervasive is that dentures, once fitted, will never need to be modified. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The shape of your gums and bones changes as you age, which can lead to an improper fit. Luckily enough, your dentist will be able to adjust them to compensate for such changes.
Here are just four signs your dentures need to be adjusted.
- Slipping or Discomfort
One of the first things you’ll notice when your dentures need to be adjusted is a loose fit. They may not feel as firm as they once did, especially when you’re eating or talking. You may even find that they slip from their proper position. When dentures are properly fitted, this doesn’t happen – the top set are held through suction, and the bottom float just above the gums. If they keep slipping, visit your dentist to check the fit.
- Uncomfortable Chewing
Having dentures fitted can mean enjoying all the foods you used to, so it can be alarming when you start to experience discomfort while eating. Of course, your gums should feel a little tender when you first have dentures fitted, but that should fade. If you start to feel pain or discomfort after the initial adjustment period, it’s probable a poor fit is the cause.
- Sores or Bleeding
The reason poorly-fitted dentures cause discomfort is because they will have started placing excessive pressure on one or two points. As time passes, sores can develop. You may notice signs of bleeding and inflammation. This pain won’t go away by itself, if your dentures are producing sores and bleeding, you need to have them adjusted as soon as possible.
- Changes in Facial Structure
Finally, you should consider visiting your dentist if you notice any changes in facial structure. Dentures help prevent cheeks and lips appearing sunken after the natural teeth have been extracted. If the cheeks, lips, or jawline look at all different, the change could be due to your dentures.