Your dentures and tissues should be checked annually. Damage to the oral tissues can take place without you being aware of it. Early detection and elimination of tissue inflammation is important to minimize shrinkage of the supporting bone and tissue. By keeping your tissue healthy, you will be performing all you can to ensure that your dentures continue to fit correctly.
Your dentures will not last indefinitely. Your Denturist is sensitive to your well-being and to the general condition of your dentures. Your Denturist also has the experience and expertise to advise you on your best treatment plan and how to proceed. Tissue shrinkage and loss of underlying bone (resorption) on which your dentures rest will occur. Since your dentures do not self-adjust, they may no longer fit like they once did. Your Denturist will check for looseness, stains, calculus deposits on the denture, your bite position (how evenly your teeth close together), cracks, chips, and scratches. Dentures will have to be adjusted, rebased or remade from time to time. The time will vary and depend upon such factors as individual tolerances, habits and the length of time you have had dentures. The average life of a denture is about five to eight years. By having your Denturist check on your oral condition, you are able to enjoy all benefits of a well fitting quality denture.
Having an annual oral exam may prevent or detect the existence of oral cancer or other abnormal conditions.
Updating both medical and dental history is an important step towards quality denture treatment.
Worn out dentures can cause improper fit and bite which can lead to other problems. They can also cause changes in your ability to bite, your speech and your appearance.