If your teeth are broken, damaged, or starting to decay, you may want to consider getting dentures. The health of your mouth often determines your general health, simply because you can't chew properly.
This makes it more difficult for your digestive tract to break food down and release the nutrients you need to thrive. Having your damaged teeth extracted reduces the risk of infection and allows the tissues in your mouth to heal. By having dentures made to fit your mouth, you restore its ability to function efficiently. You're able to chew your food thoroughly, allowing your digestive tract the opportunity to take over and finish the process.
High-quality dentures are designed to last for many years. If properly cared for, most will last at least five years. In most cases, they'll last many years longer. Dentures are made so they can be easily refitted and relined as the structure of your mouth gradually changes.
Adjusting your dentures with new liners can extend their life by several years, especially if you take proper care of them. It's also important to visit your dentist regularly to avoid any health issues and protect your gums and other soft tissues from infection. Even though you have dentures, your dental provider recommends that you continue to have annual check-ups.
Just because you no longer have your teeth, it doesn't mean your mouth isn't exposed to potential hazards. If you wear dentures, they can eventually begin to slip or shift as your gums change. The older you get, the more your gums and soft tissues will change.
If your dentures become loose or no longer fit snugly along the gum line, lesions and blisters can start to develop. Continuing to visit your dental provider on a regular basis will help you take preventative measures, ensuring your dentures will continue to fit properly for many years to come.
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