December 29, 2020
If you have dentures, you may be thinking, “No teeth, no more dental checkups.” However, prosthetic smiles are just as important to care for as your natural one once was, which is why it’s vital to maintain routine dental visits. These dental checkups with dentures will ensure that you have a nicely fitting and functioning set of teeth, but they will also keep you healthy. Read on to learn more about the significance of your regular dental appointments!
Smile with Comfort
Dentures can only work properly if you have healthy gums and bone. However, the hard and soft tissue can change, which is one of the factors that may cause a poor fitting denture. You may not even notice this change in your smile because you use denture adhesive, or you’re simply used to a little slipping and sliding. However, this issue will eventually lead to soreness and irritation. Thanks to regular dental visits, you can enjoy a comfortable and functional denture because your dentist will be able to address the improper fit. Remember that dentures should be replaced every 5 to 7 years, however their lifespan will decrease without proper maintenance from a professional.
Be Aware of Health Risks
During your routine checkup, your dentist will do more than examine your denture. In fact, regular visits include oral cancer screenings, making your appointments potentially lifesaving. They will check for any irregularities or abnormalities and feel around your jaw and neck for lumps or bumps. Your dentist will see that your gums are still healthy. Plus, if you have any remaining natural teeth, they will be able to diagnose infection or decay that can occur.
Prevent Potential Problems
While it’s recommended to see the dentist twice a year, you shouldn’t let this keep you from scheduling an appointment as soon as possible if there is an issue. If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort, contact your dentist right away for an adjustment. Oral health issues like gum soreness will only grow worse if left untreated. Many factors can cause discomfort—there may be shrinkage in the gum ridge, or weight gain/loss can impact the fit of your dentures. Your dentist will ensure that your prosthesis fits properly to prevent bacteria from getting in between your teeth and gums, which is an issue that can cause potential gum and bone damage. During these visits, they may also give you tips for at-home denture and gum care.
Don’t skip your dental appointments just because you no longer have natural teeth! See your dentist regularly to stay happy and smiling without irritation!
Meet the Dentist
Dr. David B. Schwartz has owned and operated North Shore Family Dentistry since 1992, where he has been providing custom-made, durable dentures for his patients for decades. He offers various options, including implant-retained dentures which eliminate the possibility of slipping and sliding. For any questions, he can be contacted through his website or by phone at (847) 677-2808.
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