Signs You Need to Get New Dentures By drednarcisi on September 16, 2023

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If you’re missing teeth, our dental practice in Monroeville, PA, has plenty of procedures that can help. For many patients with multiple missing teeth, we recommend full or partial dentures to treat tooth loss. A custom denture can restore your ability to eat your favorite foods, speak normally, and smile with total confidence.

Yet even a well-made and well-cared-for denture will need to be replaced.

The team at the Center for Dental Excellence would like to consider the lifespan of a denture and then look at three key signs that you need a new one. Keep this information in mind so you can get your denture looked at as soon as they need to be replaced.

How Long Do Dentures Usually Last?

With proper care and regular dental checkups, a set of dentures will typically last about 15 years. By that time, the wear and tear on the materials will necessitate replacement.

Don’t feel bad if you do wear down your dentures. This is totally natural.

Sign #1: Your Dentures Are Chipped or Broken

Cracks, chips, or other damage to your denture will usually be a sure sign you need to get some new dentures. Not only will this damage affect the appearance of the denture, it could also make them less effective.

This damage may have occurred from normal biting and chewing or from accidentally dropping the denture. If you grind your teeth at night, this could also contribute to denture damage.

Sign #2: Your Dentures No Longer Fit or Feel Right

Over time, the structures of your mouth will change. This is totally natural and part of the aging process. As your jawbone and dental arch change, the fit of your denture may change as well. Sometimes eating or speaking becomes uncomfortable. You may even develop a speech impediment if your dentures don’t fit right.

Once you notice your once-snug dentures are loose or painful, that’s a sure sign you need a new one.

Sign #3: Your Dentures Have Become Discolored

Regular wear and tear on a denture can lead to some staining or discoloration. This could be due to various foods and beverages, the use of tobacco products, and other factors. The staining can make you feel self-conscious about smiling, speaking, and laughing around others.

A new set of dentures will look just like a pristine set of natural teeth. You’ll be able to smile without feeling self-conscious again.

Getting New Dentures: What to Expect

Getting a new set of custom dentures at our Monroeville office is a lot like the initial denture procedure.

During your consultation, we can discuss the changes to your old denture and what your goals are. We will take impressions to ensure the new denture fits great. The impressions are sent to a dental lab where the new denture will be fashioned.

If any additional treatment is needed to enhance your oral health, we can discuss that during your visit.

Contact Our Practice to Learn More

For more information about dentures and other treatments for missing teeth, contact Dr. Edward Narcisi in Monroeville, PA. We look forward to your visit and discussing your treatment options in more detail.

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Dr. Edward Narcisi, DMD

Edward Narcisi, DMD

Dr. Narcisi is devoted to helping patients achieve stunning, healthy smiles through comprehensive dental care. He is a member of many prestigious associations, including: 

  • American Dental Association
  • Pennsylvania Dental Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry 
  • Academy of Osseointegration 

To schedule a consultation at the Center for Dental Excellence, request an appointment online or call us at (412) 373-9447.

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