Your teeth can last for a lifetime when taken care of properly; however, genetics and other risk factors could contribute to premature loss of your teeth. When you lose multiple permanent teeth, you might turn to prosthetic options from your dentist in Warren, OH, such as dentures. While dentures have been in use for centuries, many individuals quickly develop problems with them. Here are some of the common problems with dentures.
Dentures must be shaped to your gums so they fit correctly. However, without teeth in place, your gums are likely to change shape over time, which means you need to get new dentures or risk them sliding all over the place. Regular dental visits and a reliable bonding agent should help.
If your dentures do not fit, they will rub your gums and create calluses. Individuals who experience pain while wearing dentures may eat less food or softer foods and change the way they chew and swallow, affecting dietary and overall health.
Dentures must be kept wet. They also need to be cleaned regularly, which is why you should give your gums a rest and not wear them at night. If your dentures do dry out, they may lose their shape, which means they will not fit properly, leading to the aforementioned problems.
Though able to chew food, dentures can break from a drop of only a few inches high.
What Other Options Are There?
If the troubles with dentures seem to be too much, dental implants are an option. Implants are titanium posts embedded into the jaw bone and topped with a crown resembling a natural tooth. Implants can last for decades or a lifetime and only require the same care you give your natural teeth. The problems associated with dentures do not exist with dental implants. To see if you are a candidate for a dental implant procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Joseph Bedich by calling our office today.