The best time to get dentures

by | Oct 31, 2019 | Dentures Blog

Nobody should have to live with chipped, broken or missing teeth, especially when partial and complete dentures have a huge effect in restoring your smile, confidence, chewing and speech.

If your teeth are in poor condition or you’re ageing and starting to think about getting dentures for your retirement years, we would suggest that the best time to get dentures is sooner rather than later.

There are lots of reasons why this is the case:

  • New dentures can be financed, to spread the cost for longer.
  • Prevent degradation of your gum health and jaw bone condition.
  • Restore your natural-looking smile and strength in chewing.
  • Stop the negative psychological impact of lacking confidence in your teeth.
  • Use strong neighbouring teeth to anchor partial dentures in place.

Oral health is a huge factor in determining the best time to get dentures. If you suffer from gum disease, it’s sensible to get this looked at by an oral healthcare professional first.

However, there’s no reason to delay your initial consultation with Smiles & More, as we will be happy to help you decide when to proceed with getting new dentures fitted.

We would also encourage you to make an enquiry before having your existing teeth extracted, as this gives us the opportunity to see what your natural smile looks like so we can create full or partial dentures that give you a complete smile that really feels like your own.

When to replace dentures

If you already have dentures, it’s important to be aware of when to have them replaced, so that you can continue to eat, talk and smile with confidence.

Most dentures will last for several years at least, but if your jaw bone  or gums change shape – usually due to shrinkage – this can leave you with dentures that are no longer a good fit.

Seek professional advice if you notice any of the following conditions in your dentures:

  • Bad breath, bleeding gums and other oral hygiene issues.
  • Clicking or other unusual sounds when moving your mouth.
  • Discomfort whether immediate or gradual during wear.
  • Slipping or obvious poorly fitting dentures.
  • Visible signs of wear and tear or damage.

In some cases, damaged dentures can be repaired – and Smiles & More offer denture repair usually within an hour in emergencies – but there may be a deeper reason why your false teeth became damaged in the first place. Because of this, and especially if the damage occurred while you were wearing your dentures, it’s always worth thinking about replacing them, even if you get them repaired as a short-term measure in the meanwhile.