Dentures are something that many people are reticent to admit they might need. This is understandable because many people are uncomfortable admitting that their teeth don’t work – or look – like they once did.
But dentures aren’t anything to be afraid of, and they can make a massive difference to your everyday life in practical terms and in terms of your self-confidence. If you’re not sure whether you need dentures of not, read on for some of the big signs that it might be time to start giving them consideration.
Loose Teeth & Gaps
One of the significant early warning signs that you might need dentures will present in the form of loose, shifting teeth and widening gaps between your teeth.
Loose teeth are a clear sign of gum disease in an advanced state, and this looseness means teeth can move and shift more than they should. In turn, this can mean gaps develop between your teeth.
These symptoms of gum disease might respond to extensive treatment, but these signs can also mean that it’s time to think about dentures.
Tender or Bleeding Gums
If your gums feel irritated, sore and often bleed, these are usually signs of periodontal disease.
Gum disease is one of – if not the biggest – cause of tooth loss in adults, and a prime reason many adults require dentures. If treated early enough, it’s entirely possible to stop the effects of gum disease. However, when left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss or bone loss in the jaw, with the ultimate outcome being a need for dentures.
Certain Foods are Hard to Eat
As gums and teeth become unhealthier, they also become more painful. And for many people, the result is difficulty chewing and eating certain foods.
This is a problem because it means your periodontal health has degraded to the point that everyday actions – like eating what you want – are no longer possible. This not only affects your health – long-term pain and discomfort are no good for anyone – but it also means you can’t live your life the way you want to.
You Have Indigestion A lot of the Time
Many people who cannot chew food properly also find that they often have severe indigestion.
This means you have to swallow larger pieces of food and, thus, the stomach and intestines have to work harder. Dentures can give you back the ability to chew and masticate food to the right level – no matter what it is.
If you are considering dentures, or need help working out if you need them, contact JB Denture Clinic today. We provide a friendly, professional service and will help find the right solution for your needs.