Dentures are used to replace missing or lost teeth so that you can smile with confidence and enjoy a healthy diet. But they are not just for seniors, as many people believe.
Indeed, with the right care and help from your dentist, you can keep your natural teeth for life. But the popularity of dentures has been gradually increasing over the years as one of the preferred ways for filling gaps in the mouth, instead of just replacing lost teeth due to lack of care. This is mostly because today’s removable and permanent dentures are more comfortable and perform better than the traditional ones used by our grandparents.
Here are 5 warning signs that you might need dentures:
1. You have loose or shifting teeth: If you are about to lose a tooth, or have already lost a tooth and the gap keeps getting wider as the adjacent teeth shift, this could be a sign of bone loss related to undiagnosed periodontal disease. In cases of severe bone loss, tooth loss may be inevitable, leading you to consider dentures for teeth replacement.
2. You have tender, swollen, red, or bleeding gums: The early detection and proper treatment of gum disease can help prevent permanent damage. But if you allow the periodontal disease to progress until tooth loss, you’ll probably need dentures.
3. You don’t visit your denturist every six months: It is recommended that you make professional dental visits semi-annually, because it is easier to correct problems when they’re small. But if you delay and allow cavities and gum diseases to advance, your teeth may need to be extracted and replaced with dentures.
4. You have a toothache: Severe tooth pain could indicate an advanced case of decay that has reached the nerves in the center of the tooth. If caught early, tooth decay can be addressed with a simple filling. But when the decay is advanced, you may need more invasive and costly procedures, or even a tooth extraction followed by dentures for functional and aesthetic purposes.
5. You have difficulty eating chewy or hard foods: Trouble eating certain foods may be caused by cavities, gum disease, a cracked tooth, or missing teeth. If the problem is caught early, you may save your tooth with a crown or root canal therapy. But if the tooth has to be extracted, you may need dentures to continue enjoying your meals.
Dentures are a great tooth replacement option to eliminate tooth pain, restore the full function of your mouth, and regain your gorgeous smile. Make an appointment
with our denture specialists at the Calgary-based Crowchild Denture Clinic today to talk about your options.
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