When to Consider Dentures

When to Consider Dentures

When you hear the word “dentures,” your mind might jump to someone older you know who has ill-fitting dentures that slide around in their mouth. You might have that stereotype for a reason, but the truth is dentures have come a long way. They’re not just for your grandmother anymore.

In fact, of the more than 36 million Americans who don’t have any teeth, about 90% wear dentures, and these numbers are only expected to increase.

Types of dentures include full, partial, immediate, and implant-supported. Even if you have existing dentures, your dentist can retrofit them to snap onto implants to help stabilize them and prevent problems such as excess saliva.

But how do you know when it’s time for you to consider any type of dentures? The experts at Silicon Valley Dental Associates in Sunnyvale, California, have a few tips based on their observations over the years. You might be a good candidate for dentures if:

You have red, swollen gums

Red, swollen, and bleeding gums indicate that you have periodontitis, or gum disease. This can be treated easily in the early stages, but if gum disease progresses, it can lead to tooth loss and the need for dentures. 

Your teeth are loose and shifting

Widening gaps between your teeth, or teeth that are moving and shifting, are a telltale sign that it may be time to consider dentures. These are indications of periodontal disease and tooth decay. If you act quickly, you might save your teeth; if not, dentures may be in your future.

You have chewing and digestion difficulties

If you feel pain when you’re chewing, especially with hard or chewy foods, it could indicate issues of tooth decay, which you should have checked out. 

Chronic indigestion is another sign of tooth decay — because you find it harder to chew, you end up swallowing bigger pieces of food that are harder for your stomach to digest. If you ignore these signs of tooth decay, you could be closer to dentures than you think.

You’re missing teeth

This is perhaps the most obvious sign. Whether you’ve suffered a traumatic injury or tooth decay, if you’re missing two or more teeth, you should have them replaced to prevent additional problems — such as shifting teeth and bone loss — from developing. 

Partial or full dentures may be options here, along with dental implants.

If any of these signs apply to you and you’re ready to explore the possibility of dentures, call the Silicon Valley Dental Associates office to schedule an appointment. You don’t have to live with these difficulties any longer — help is available to restore the smile you’ve been missing!

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