CALL IT BAD LUCK, but some people will have to consider dentures at some point in their lives. Here are the warning signs that may indicate you need false teeth and the different available treatment options.
Precursors are easily spotted. If you’re experiencing one or more signs right now, we encourage you to head to your WeDental in Lynwood, Washington, for a consultation right away.
The most obvious sign is a sizable toothache that won’t go away. This aching could signal decay that has made its way to your nerve. While a root canal may be an excellent option to save the tooth, sometimes the decay is beyond the point of salvage, which will require extraction and wearing dentures.
RED AND SWOLLEN GUMS
Sensitive and swollen gums are the first warning sign of something worse – periodontal disease. With a thorough cleaning and prescription products, Dr. Worrell can quickly treat early signs of gum disease, gingivitis, and bad breath. Catching periodontal disease early is vital to saving teeth.
LOOSE OR MOVING TEETH
When your teeth start to loosen or shift, it is a good sign that dentures are in the near future. When teeth are loose, it signals decay and may be a consequence of periodontal disease. There may be significant damage occurring under the gums, where infection can fester without you noticing. If you see gaps growing wider between your teeth, you need to consult your dentist.
DIFFICULTY CHEWING OR DIGESTING FOODS
Painful chewing while eating hard or chewy foods is an indicator of needing dentures. Another sign of decay is chronic indigestion. Because your teeth aren’t functioning correctly and chewing is difficult, you’re more likely to take larger bites, leading to stomach pains. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s time to visit We Dental for a consultation.
YOU’RE ALREADY MISSING TEETH
If you’ve already lost one or more teeth, you need to act now. The longer you go without dentures, the more risk you run of losing your remaining teeth. Without all your teeth’ support, other teeth shift faster and become weaker. Let’s take a look at all the options:
Partial dentures are the better option when you haven’t experienced substantial tooth decay. Partials only replace a portion of your teeth and rely on healthy teeth around the denture for support.
Immediate dentures are just that, immediate. You can replace your missing teeth right away. Although, the gums can take up to two months to heal enough to support traditional dentures. You’ll need several adjustments to ensure the best fit, as your gums shrink after extraction.
Complete dentures can only be worn once your gums have healed after extraction, usually two months. Most modern dentures have an integrated support system that allows you to wear them without denture adhesive. These types of dentures are best for those who have lost all their top or bottom teeth.
Dentures at WeDental in Lynwood
The thought of dentures can be scary, but it is comforting to know you have several treatment options. If you’re experiencing any above symptoms, we encourage you to schedule a visit to WeDental. We can help you evaluate the best course of treatment for you.