Do you ever find that your dentures in Daytona Beach don’t quite fit the way they used to when you first got them? Do they slip around when you’re just trying to eat your favorite meal or talk with your family and friends? If so, you’re not alone. This happens to most dentures over time and is completely normal. However, just because it’s common doesn’t mean you have to suffer through it. Keep reading to learn what to do when your dentures no longer fit.
Contact Your Dentist First
When you find that your dentures don’t fit as snugly as they used to, the first thing you should do is call your dentist. Let them know about your situation and a member of their team should get you in for an appointment as soon as possible.
From there, you have some choices to make when your dentures don’t fit right anymore, such as:
Getting New Dentures
Dentures need to be relined or replaced every five to ten years on average. This is because when you have been suffering through tooth loss, your jawbone starts to atrophy due to no longer being stimulated by the roots of your natural teeth. The shape of your jaw and your gum tissue begins to change, altering the fit of your dentures. Luckily, most dental insurance plans cover the cost of a new pair of dentures every five years or so.
Switching to Implant-Retained Dentures
Even better than a brand-new pair of dentures is a pair that is secured in placed by dental implants in Daytona Beach. Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed throughout your jawbone to replicate the roots of your lost teeth. For implant-retained dentures, an average of four to six implants is inserted under the gumline to anchor the denture in place. Whether your denture is fixed or removable is completely up to you.
Implant-retained dentures come highly recommended by the majority of dentists for a few reasons. Because they are firmly anchored in your jaw, there will no longer be any unexpected, embarrassing slippage when you talk, eat, or smile. The implants will also prevent further jawbone deterioration. Finally, your dentures are pretty much guaranteed to not lose their perfect fit, since the implants are placed with your comfort in mind.
If your dentures start to not fit as they should, call your dentist and ask whether implant-retained dentures are right for you. Odds are they will be!
About the Author
Dr. Gladston Silva studied dentistry, and prosthodontics in particular, in Brazil before moving to the U.S. and earning his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from NOVA Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale in 2012. Following graduation, he completed a one-year Implant Fellowship program at NOVA and then presented his findings to the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, earning him the prestigious status of Diplomate. His specialty in prosthodontics means he is passionate about fixing you with artificial teeth, including dentures in Daytona Beach. If your dentures aren’t fitting like they used to, you can contact Dr. Silva’s practice at (386) 274-2021.