10 Apr When should you replace your dentures?
Your dentures have a life expectancy of about five years.
As an expert, your denturist is the most qualified person to tell you when it’s time to replace your dentures. By consulting your denturist every year for an exam and cleaning, you can prevent problems caused by the bad habits developed by denture wearers who need an adjustment, a new base or complete denture replacement.
The following signs should be taken as a warning: looseness, movement, problems chewing food, changes to facial features, yellowing, and discomfort or pain—not to mention all the other indicators that only your denturist can detect.
By creating quality dentures, your denturist aims to minimize the impact of the change. When it is time to replace your dentures, they will ensure that your new prosthesis is adapted to the way your face has changed over time. There is a totally normal adjustment period for each new set of dentures. Your denturist will advise you on ways to make this adjustment easier and faster.
Don’t forget that wearing the same dentures for 10 or 15 years inevitably causes transformations in your facial features that are often irreversible. The longer you put off replacing your dentures, the more your appearance and comfort will be affected . . . little by little, without you realizing it.
How to choose your denturist?
When it comes time to get your first set of dentures or to replace your prosthesis, you will certainly be wondering which denturist you should consult. What criteria should guide your choice? This is a choice made all the more difficult by the fact that you are buying a product that you cannot try out first.
Some consumers place a lot of importance on price and speed of delivery. However, these two criteria alone are not enough to make an informed decision. The price of dentures will always vary due to the personalized nature of the work necessary on your mouth.
The denturist will undoubtedly prefer to confirm the price of your dentures following a preliminary exam, which is usually free of charge. Speed of delivery is directly linked to the type of prosthesis being prepared. Depending on whether you choose conventional, semi precision or precision dentures, three to seven appointments will be necessary.
Referral remains the best way to choose a denturist. Take a look at the smiles around you. When you notice good, natural-looking work, ask the denture-wearer about the comfort level of their dentures and the services provided by their denturist. Then, meet this professional for an exam (which is oftentimes free of charge).
Feel free to ask the denturist any questions that come to mind.