It may be difficult to accept that you need dentures, but there’s a reason more than 37.9 million U.S. adults are expected to wear them by 2020, according to research published in The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. Dentures are often the only way to salvage normal tooth function, prevent diseases, and restore that beautiful smile of yours.
Getting dentures can be a big change, which is why you need an experienced Canton dentist to walk you through the process. That’s exactly what you’ll get at Bright Side Dental. We also take the time to educate you on the important steps you need to take to keep your gums and dentures clean.
Here are six signs that you may need dentures.
1. Gum Problems
Bleeding, swollen, tender or gums are telltale signs of gum disease, either in its mild or severe form. Failure to treat gum disease can result in tooth loss, which might necessitate dentures. Just another reason to visit a periodontist and be proactive about addressing your gum problems.
2. Mouth Instability
If your teeth are loose or shifting, or the gaps between your teeth are widening, it could be a signal of advanced gum disease. In more aggressive cases of gum disease, the only way to solve the problem is to extract the teeth.
If your mouth is in a frequent state of pain, this could be a sign that decay has progressed to your tooth’s pulp. If you elect to get treatment early, you might be able to solve the problem with a simple filling. But if you wait, your tooth might be beyond repair.
Surprisingly, your appetite might not be all that’s to blame for your constant indigestion. In some cases, indigestion is caused by swallowing bigger pieces of food, which people tend to do when their teeth are achy.
5. Something to Chew On
Pain while chewing could be symptomatic of a number of issues, including tooth fractures, gum disease and decay. In some severe cases, extraction might be required. But once again, this outcome can usually be avoided by catching the problem early.
6. Irregular Dentist Appointments
If there’s a common theme about these signs, it’s that many of them can be prevented by visiting your dentist and being proactive about treatment. See your dentist twice a year so smaller issues can be discovered before they exacerbate into bigger issues that require extraction and tooth replacement.
If you think you need dentures, contact the friendly dentists at our dentist office in Canton, or any of our other locations, for a free denture consultation and receive $100 off your dental work.