When is it time to consider dentures?
Many people assume that getting dentures is a natural step in the process of getting older. While this isn’t always the case, dentures are more common than you may think.
According to the National Institute of Health, adults aged 35 – 49 have approximately 27 teeth on average. A normal healthy mouth contains up to 32!
This goes to show that dentures (either full or partial) may be needed by people of all ages.
There are ways to prevent the need for dentures down the road. By ensuring that you are brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist regularly you can extend the life of your teeth significantly.
However, there may come a time in your life where your oral health can be improved with dentures.
What To Look For If You Think You May Need Dentures:
- Your Teeth Are Loose Or Shifting
If you find that your teeth are not secure in your gums, it could be a sign of advanced gum disease. In severe cases, teeth may need to be extracted and replaced.
If you see gaps beginning to develop or your teeth are beginning to wiggle, schedule an appointment with your dentist to find out the cause.
- Swollen or Bleeding Gums
If your gums are swollen or bleeding consistently, it could be the result of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults. If left untreated, severe cases can cause the decay of bone and teeth.
Often periodontal disease can be easily treated if it is taken care of early on. If it progresses too far, you may require dentures.
- Pains While Eating
If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort while eating, it could mean that your teeth have been damaged. This is never a good sign and should be looked at as soon as possible.
Listen to your body and visit your dentist.
- You Have Missing Teeth
If you are already missing 2 or 3 teeth, it’s probably time to be fitted for dentures. When you’re missing teeth, the rest of your mouth has to take on the extra pressure. The stress can cause your remaining teeth to shift, wear down, and fall out faster.
- You Suffer From Regular Indigestion
When you’re experiencing difficulty eating, it often causes you to swallow larger pieces of food. Your stomach has a hard time breaking down food that hasn’t been properly chewed. Indigestion can be an indicator of your oral health.
If your teeth are showing the signs above, it might be time to consider dentures.
We can help you find the answers you’re looking for. Schedule a visit with The Denture & Implant Centre to learn more about your options.