Dentures can be a good choice for those who have lost several teeth or all their teeth; they not only make you look better but they can also keep exposed gums healthy and help with chewing and talking. You always want to ask your dentist any questions you have about dentures and how to wear and care for them properly, but note a few facts about dentures here. This can help you better understand what to expect during your next dental appointment.
1. How long do dentures last?
The set of dentures you get from your dentist are not permanent, but you will need to be refitted with new dentures as your jaw and shape of your face changes. This happens as a person ages, or it can happen if you have bone loss in the face or the bones get softer and begin to shift for any reason. Dentures can also become cracked, pitted, discolored, or otherwise damaged over time and you will then need a new set. Talk to your dentist about how long you can expect your dentures to last.
2. Do dentures always slip out of place when eating or talking?
You may have seen someone with dentures have their set slip out of place when eating or talking and assume that this happens all the time. However, the durability of dentures can depend on how well they're fitted to your face, the type of adhesive you use, and if you're careful about what you're eating. Cutting up difficult foods into manageable pieces and avoiding foods that can slip under dentures such as seeds can keep them more secure. You may also want to practice talking with your dentures when you first get them fitted so they stay more secure.
3. Once dentures are in place, how often should a person visit the dentist?
It's easy to assume that because you now have false teeth that you don't need to visit the dentist very often, but it's good to still go in for annual checkups or for visits however often your dentist recommends. Remember that he or she needs to check for signs of gum disease and oral cancer, not just look for cavities in the teeth. Your dentist will also now want to check your dentures and note if they've developed cracks or other damage, and also ensure you're caring for them and your oral hygiene properly. Don't assume that having false teeth means no more dental appointments, but ensure you still make your routine appointments as necessary.