After making the decision to get full dentures, your new smile has given you newly found confidence. You’ve stopped covering your mouth when you laugh or smile, and you can eat things much easier than you’ve been able to in a long time. But even if you feel your dentures are looking and functioning beautifully, your dentist in Inwood Village may be able to make them fit even better. Read on for 3 reasons you should have regular dental checkups with dentures.
Adjusting the Fit
The tissues in the mouth, both hard and soft, change as shift as we age. This can alter your bite and eventually cause the fit of your dentures to change. If this occurs, sores may begin to form along your gums and your risk of developing TMJ or sleep apnea will increase. Poor-fitting dentures can also make it difficult to eat properly, which can lead to poor nutrition. Having readjustments every few months is very common. If your dentures are uncomfortable, click while you speak or even slip, it’s a good idea to visit your dentist as soon as possible.
Oral Health Checkups
The American Dental Association recommends visiting the dentist at least twice each year, regardless of what dental work you’ve had. Individuals who wear full dentures may not be at risk for cavities, but you can still develop gum disease, oral sores and oral cancer. Some studies have found that people with ill-fitting dentures are at higher risk of oral cancer due to chronic mucosal irritation. Seeing your dentist regularly gives them the opportunity to catch any signs of these conditions before they progress and cause more problems.
Longevity of Your Dentures
In addition to making sure your mouth is healthy, visiting your dentist on a regular basis will also keep your dentures in great shape. If your dentist notices that your prosthetics have signs of damage or other problems, they can repair them to make sure they function properly for as many years as possible. During your visits, you will also likely receive additional advice on how you can do everything you need to do in order to keep them in good condition as well. The average lifespan of 7 years. But with proper care, they can last up to 10 years or more.
Proper denture care includes cleaning and soaking your dental plates regularly and visiting your dentist at least twice every year. But don’t forget to brush your gums, tongue and the roof of your mouth every day as well. Taking care of your mouth and your dentures is the best way to help your prosthetics fit and function comfortably for many years to come.
About the Author
Dr. Davina Prida earned her degree at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, where she graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS). She is a member of the Dallas County Dental Society, Texas Dental Association, American Dental Association, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Prida is also a member of the Texas Army National Guard. One of her main focuses is creating beautiful Smiles. She ia a Top Dallas Dentist Providing High Quality Dental Care, General Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Implants, and Reconstructive Dentistry. Dr Davina Prida is fulfilling her vision of bringing the very best in cosmetic dentistry, reconstructive dentistry and general dentistry to Dallas at Inwood Village Dental. Dr. Prida’s approach of dental excellence and her use of advanced techniques, create the most natural, beautiful smiles possible. Dr. Prida is Dallas’ top cosmetic dentist, creating amazing smile makeovers with veneers, dental implants, dental crowns and bridges and Invisalign®. If you have questions about your dental treatment or dental care options, don’t hesitate to contact her at Inwood Village Dental or at (214) 352-2777.