How Do I Know If I Need Dentures? 5 Signs to Check For
Dentures are known as removable tooth replacement devices. But modern options now allow you to wear dentures that stay in place and require a lot less or no adhesive at all.
Is it time to talk to your dentist about getting dentures? How do you know if you already need or will need dentures soon?
We talk about some telltale signs in this post. See if you’re experiencing any of these signs yourself.
- You’ve Lost One or Several Teeth
If you’ve been missing a single tooth or several teeth, it may be time to consider looking into tooth replacement options.
Dental professionals don’t recommend tooth extraction as a first solution unless the tooth can no longer be saved. This is because not replacing missing teeth immediately can result in various dental problems.
The remaining teeth can shift and occupy the space, impacting your bite, speech abilities, and facial structure.
- You Have Loose Teeth
Teeth can loosen as the gums start to recede, or it can also be due to an injury or trauma.
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a common cause of loose teeth. The gums pull back from the teeth, the bone deteriorates, and the teeth loosen and eventually fall out.
The buildup of harmful bacteria irritates the gums, and without treatment, the inflammation can progress and result in bone loss.
Gum disease is silent, which is why routine oral examinations are essential so your dentist can evaluate and track your gum health.
- Your Gums Are Swollen, Bleeding, and Sensitive
Swollen, bleeding, and sensitive gums are among the early signs of gum disease.
Gum irritation is reversible with good dental care habits and professional dental hygiene cleanings. Healthy gums are pink and firm and don't bleed when you brush.
Let your dentist know if you feel your gums are becoming sensitive. Periodontal disease progresses silently. You might not know it’s already wreaking havoc on your smile until there’s bone loss around your teeth.
- You Have Chewing Difficulties
Chewing is essential so food can be broken down into easy-to-digest pieces. Missing teeth make it difficult to chew food and enjoy a wide variety of foods.
If you have several gaps between your teeth, you’ll need to cut your food into small chunks or lean toward a soft food diet.
Swallowing large pieces of food can be hard on your stomach. If you’re missing the freedom to eat what you want, it’s time to consider getting dentures or a tooth replacement appliance.
- You Experience Recurring Toothaches
Toothaches are a sign that something is wrong with your mouth. The causes vary, but if the pain is severe and persistent, it can be due to extensive decay.
When caught and diagnosed early, decay can be resolved with simple procedures, such as fillings. In its advanced stages, a root canal or tooth extraction may be necessary.
You may also require a partial denture to keep neighboring teeth in place and preserve your facial structure.
How Many Signs Have You Ticked Off?
These signs that indicate you may need dentures now or soon are good starting points, but it’s best to see your dentist for a comprehensive examination.
Dentures can be beneficial, whether you have a few or several missing teeth. They can restore your biting force and improve your speech. They can also give you back your confident smile.
Our team is proud to offer the latest technologies in denture solutions, and we're happy to introduce them to you during your visit. You don’t have to be stuck to an appliance that limits your way of life.