Old Dentures: Why Should You Replace Them?

November 7, 2021 - By Bruce Michaelson
Old Dentures: Why Should You Replace Them?

Dentures are a type of dental prosthetics given to replace teeth that are lost. It is primarily done to restore the aesthetics of one’s smile and return some of the functionality of their teeth. They have been utilised for centuries by people worldwide. While the exact number of those who wear them varies across surveys, the American College of Prosthodontists estimates that 90 percent of those who do not have any teeth wear dentures. While dentures are long-lasting, they need to be replaced every five to ten years, depending on the brand and frequency of use. 

 

Why should you replace dentures?

When our dentists in Abu Dhabi provide you with dentures, it is made to your measurement so that it fits you perfectly right. This is important as only when the denture suits your mouth correctly will it look natural and help you chew food properly. However, as you continue wearing and using them in your day to day life, they still start wearing down. They may either, become discoloured or even start chipping. At this point replacing them is necessary and failure to do that will result in the following.

Your bite will be affected.

If the denture is misshapen or no longer fits you correctly, it can affect how you bite. Chewing food will become difficult as the teeth may not align perfectly. This could result in a long time spent trying to break down food and, at worst, may even lead to nutritional deficiencies, which can be life-threatening for seniors. 

There is a possibility of infections.

Old dentures can be difficult to clean or may have cracks and dents that can lead to a bacterial buildup under the dentures. The bacteria, if unremoved, will form yeast which can cause painful sores and denture sore mouths. The latter is characterized by ulcers, hyperplasia, stomatitis, chronic candidiasis, and bone resorption. 

The denture will not look pleasing.

Many opt for dentures to look good and ensure their smile remains unaffected without gaps or holes. When dentures become old, they will start yellowing and may even become stained and chipped. This can be unsightly and will affect your smile. It can also affect the way others perceive you; hence, it is best to change the denture once it shows signs of wear. 

They will be uncomfortable and will start falling.

When the denture becomes ill-fitting, it can be uncomfortable to wear. It will not only sit incorrectly in your mouth, but it could also become too loose and start moving. At worst, the denture may begin to fall out, causing you much difficulty. 

 

When should you change the denture?

There are many signs that appear when your denture begins to approach the end of its lifespan. It is best not to ignore them, and instead book an appointment at our dental clinic in Abu Dhabi to have them checked at the earliest possible time.

 

The signs are as follows.

  • They become discoloured and have stains that cannot be removed by brushing or a denture solution.
  • They have cracks or dents
  • They cause bleeding in your gums
  • You have gum sores and inflammation
  • They have an odour
  • They move around in your mouth
  • They are prone to falling out of your mouth

 

The condition of your dentures is typically always checked during a dentist appointment. If there are any signs of wear and tear, we will recommend obtaining new ones. Hence, it is essential to meet your dentist regularly. If you wish to book an appointment, contact us at our American Dental Clinic

Dubai: +971 4 344 0668 Abu Dhabi: +971 2 681 2921
info@americandentalclinic.com