When you replace your missing teeth, you’re restoring your ability to chew, smile, and speak without any problems. When you replace your missing teeth with cheap dentures, the results aren’t always what you had hoped for. Over time, you will start to see signs that you should replace and upgrade your dentures.

Has the time come for you? Find out if any of the signs apply to you.

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1. Your Dentures Slip and Slide

One of the first signs that it’s time to replace and upgrade your dentures is if they slip and slide in your mouth. Dentures usually stay in place using suction and adhesives. However, if they don’t fit correctly, they will slip and slide around when talking or chewing. It’s common for the gums to shrink over time but regular adjustments can help with this. Slipping and sliding can cause you to feel self-conscious in your daily life. Upgrading your dentures can help prevent slipping and sliding and help you get your quality of life back.

2. You Get Gum Sores

When dentures don’t fit correctly, it can cause them to apply pressure unevenly to the gums. As a result, it can cause painful gum sores to form. These sores will make chewing feel very uncomfortable.

3. They Feel Painful or Uncomfortable to Wear

You should be able to comfortably wear your dentures all day without feeling any discomfort or pain. Then at night, you should remove them and place them in a cup of water overnight, and allow your mouth time to rest. If this isn’t the case and your dentures instead feel uncomfortable or painful to wear, this is a sign you need to replace and upgrade them. The pain and discomfort is usually related to poorly made dentures and those that don’t fit correctly.

4. They’re Damaged

Once your dentures start experiencing damage like cracks, chips, or broken teeth, it’s a sign that you need to upgrade and replace them. Sure, you can repair your dentures, but over time, there comes a point where it’s cheaper to just replace them.

5. Your Dentures Have Changed Color or Smell Bad

Similar to your natural teeth, dentures can also change color over time when exposed to certain foods, drinks, and substances. They might start looking yellow in color. Additionally, if they’re not cleaned properly, they can start to smell.

6. They Look Unnatural

If your dentures don’t look natural, then they’re simply just existing to help you chew your food. You deserve better than that. You can get a tooth replacement option that not only functions well but looks beautiful too. Oftentimes dentures look unnatural when they’re not custom made, or made with cheap materials. Replacing and upgrading your dentures can help you achieve a beautiful smile to feel proud of.

7. You Look Older Than Your Age

When you lose your natural teeth and don’t replace them with dental implants, your jaw no longer has any stimulation. As a result, bone resorption will occur. Your jaw doesn’t just hold your teeth in place, it also supports your facial structure. When you lose this support, the lower third of your face will begin to show early signs of aging. You might notice loose or sagging skin under your chin and on your neck, wrinkles around your mouth, thinner lips, and less pronounced cheekbones.

To combat early signs of aging, upgrading and replacing your dentures with a solution that uses dental implants and/or neuromuscular dentistry can help provide support for your facial features and help you look younger.

8. They’re Hard to Clean

As your dentures develop small cracks, chips, and other damage, it will become harder and harder to keep them clean. Bacteria can hide in these small areas and cause bad breath and even oral infections. If you can’t keep your dentures clean, it’s time for an upgrade!

9. You Have Speech Problems

Most people adjust to speaking with their dentures after wearing them for a few weeks. However, if your speech impediment like a lisp never goes away, or randomly comes back after a time, it could be a sign that you need new dentures. They might not fit correctly.

10. Chewing is Difficult

One of the main reasons you get dentures is to help you chew again. If your dentures make it difficult to chew, they’re not doing their job. You should be able to enjoy all your favorite foods seamlessly with dentures. If you find it hard to eat with dentures, you need to upgrade and replace them.

Upgrade Your Dentures With Our Tooth Replacement Options

If we’ve helped you discover that it’s time to replace and upgrade your dentures, you’re in luck. At Kuhn Dental Associates, we offer a wide range of tooth replacement options at our Aberdeen office. During a consultation with Dr. Grimshaw or Dr. Kuhn, we will recommend the best treatment for you.

Some of our options include:

Each of these options will provide you with a custom-designed smile that fits correctly and supports your facial features. Expect to look younger, have a beautiful smile, chew your favorite foods, and never have to worry about slipping, sliding, discomfort, or pain again.

Contact our Aberdeen dentists at (910) 692-4450 to book an appointment today.