Complete or full dentures are an all inclusive full mouth reconstruction that work to restore function, youthful appearance, improved speech, facial support and patient self-esteem. If you have older dentures or think you may need dentures, you’re in luck. Dentures technology has never been better. You may be saying goodbye to denture paste. Implants are now able to be used as a bridge across the entire length of the jawbone. Although this is the most expensive option for dentures, it offers a permanent solution for the restoration of your smile.
The American Dental Association recommends that dentures be replaced every 4 to 7 years. As time passes, loss of facial muscle tone can lead to head and facial pain, and discomfort when chewing. Decreased chewing efficiency can also lead to stomach disorders and digestive problems. Furthermore, worn out dentures can cause you to appear old and tired, which in turn can lead to loss of self esteem. Wearing old and worn out dentures can lead to chronic gum irritation and possible pre-cancerous lesions.
Many patients think that after a set of dentures they never have to go to the dentist again. That is far from true. When wearing dentures the gums under the dentures will continue to change forever. The gums tend to shrink leaving a gap between the denture and the gums. This will cause the denture to become mobile and loose and could causes sore areas and difficulty eating. Gum tissue and the dentures should be monitored by a dentist at least annually.