Dentures will eventually need to be replaced, but with the proper care, they can last several years. In general, dentists recommend getting new dentures every five to eight years. Over this time, dentures get worn out due to regular use, and your gums may change shape or shrink over the years.
Denture relining is a simple and affordable procedure that reshapes the underside of a denture to make it more comfortable as it rests against your gums. Relines are referred to as “soft” or “hard,” and can be completed either at the office or in a lab.
In general, it takes about 30 days to get used to wearing dentures. One should have a little patience during this time, as learning to eat and speak again can be a challenge. Expect some soreness to persist at first, especially if you’ve had tooth extractions. It’s important to acknowledge even the best fitting denture will not be as comfortable or functional as natural teeth.
With October comes changing leaves, chilly breezes . . . and National Dental Hygiene Month! It’s the time to recognize your hygienist for the work they do to keep our mouths, teeth and gums clean and healthy. It’s also a great opportunity to spread the word about the importance of maintaining your oral health. What’s […]