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8 Signs it’s Time for Dentures

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Do I Really Need Dentures?

There are many signs it might be time for dentures. Everything from missing teeth to indigestion can mean it’s time to make the transition.

If you’re experiencing any of the issues below, it’s time to visit a denturist. A denturist will be able to tell you whether it’s time for dentures. 

A denturist can also help you decide which type of dentures are right for you, including implants, partial dentures, or complete dentures.

Infographic explaining the 8 signs it's time for dentures

You Have a History of Dental Disease or Poor Dental Hygiene

A history of dental disease, poor dental hygiene, or other dental issues can increase your chances of needing dentures. It may also mean that you’ll need dentures earlier in life.

For many, regular trips to the dentist weren’t common when they were growing up. Other advances in dentistry, like preventive care and use of fluoride, weren’t common either.

Lack of dental care can lead to issues like gum disease (periodontal disease), which can lead to tooth loss, which then needs to be corrected with dentures.

Without preventative care from a dentist, some people may need dentures sooner rather than later.

You Have Red, Swollen, Tender, or Bleeding Gums

Gums that are red, swollen, tender, or bleeding probably have some form of gum disease.

Depending on the severity, you could have early-stage gingivitis to severe periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.

Gum disease doesn’t always mean dentures. However, when gum disease is left untreated, it can lead to bone loss, to tooth loss, and ultimately, to dentures.

If you’re experiencing red, swollen, tender, or bleeding gums, and it’s been over 6 months since you last spoke to a dental professional, you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Your Teeth Are Loose or Moving

Wiggling or moving teeth can be a sign of serious underlying problems. One tell-tale sign is widening gaps between your teeth.

If your teeth are moving, it’s often because of advanced gum disease. When gum disease goes untreated, it can cause bone loss in the jaw. 

As bone loss occurs, your teeth don’t have a strong base to hold on to, which can cause wiggly or moving teeth, and eventually, tooth loss.

Advanced gum disease can quickly become worse without you knowing it. Other than symptoms like irritated or bleeding gums, gum disease can go unnoticed.

If you have teeth that are loose or shifting, see your dentist or denturist right away.

You’re Missing a Few Teeth Already

If you have more than 2-3 teeth missing, you should be considering implants or dentures, depending on your situation.

The more teeth you lose, the harder your other teeth have to work. For example, some people may not replace back teeth, because they don’t affect your smile.

However, you need your back teeth (molars) for chewing. When you’re missing molars, you need to rely on your front teeth for chewing. 

Because front teeth aren’t meant for chewing, you can damage your remaining teeth, leading to further tooth loss.

You Have Frequent Toothaches or Mouth Pain

Frequent toothaches are often a sign of tooth decay. When tooth decay progresses to the nerve in the centre of your tooth, you’ll feel the pain known as a toothache.

When tooth decay (cavities) are caught in the early stages, they can usually be treated with a simple filling. However, if the tooth decay goes untreated and progresses to the point that it reaches the nerve of the tooth, a filling is not an option. 

Depending on the severity, you may be able to get a root canal to save the tooth, or you may need to have the tooth removed and replaced with an implant.

You Have Trouble Eating

Trouble eating, especially hard or chewy foods, is often a sign there is something wrong with your teeth.

You may be missing a number of teeth or you may have persistent tooth pain. Both are signs you may need dental implants or dentures.

With proper fitting dentures and the right care, you can get back to eating all the foods you love. Contrary to popular belief, you can eat all kinds of foods with dentures, as long as they fit correctly.

You Get Frequent Indigestion or Stomach Aches

Believe it or not, these issues can be linked to with your teeth. 

When you can’t chew properly, you swallow larger pieces of food. These larger pieces of food can’t be digested as easily, leading to indigestion and stomach aches.

If you have trouble eating and frequent indigestion, it’s time to look into dentures.

You’re Self-Conscious About Your Smile

Things like chipped, discoloured, or missing teeth can make anyone insecure about their smiles.

Dentures are a great way to help restore your smile and your confidence. Whether you need an implant to fill a single space, partial dentures, or complete dentures, you deserve to have teeth worth smiling about.

Talk to Your Denturist

At the end of the day, the best person to tell you if you need dentures is a denturist. A denturist can evaluate the health of your mouth and teeth and help you decide if dentures are right for you.At MyBite, we offer free consultations to help you learn more about your denture options.

Contact us to schedule your free consultation at one of our locations across Alberta and BC.

Written by Wade Klimpke

Wade Klimpke is a past President and long-standing member of the College of Alberta Denturists. Wade leads a number of industry working groups which help advance and monitor old, current, and new industry developments. This has allowed him to gain a number of industry relationships with implant dentistry suppliers in Canada and the United States.
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