Did you know that dentures are not just worn by the elderly? Many middle-aged people that deal with chronic dental issues wear full or partial dentures. How do you know if you need dentures?
- Gum inflammation – Swollen or sensitive gums are indication of gingivitis or periodontitis and can lead to adult tooth loss.
- Advanced tooth decay – Having one or more cavities go unnoticed or untreated can lead to advanced tooth decay and tooth loss.
- Chronic pain – Tooth pain is never normal and needs addressing. Unrelenting tooth pain is a sign that there are underlying oral health issues that need to be treated and may require tooth extractions.
- Shifting teeth – If you have shifting or unstable teeth in your adult years, it can be an indication of gum disease.
- Multiple missing teeth – When you have multiple missing teeth, and especially if you have a pattern of losing more teeth over a few years, a bridge or dentures may be a good solution for you.
- Food avoidance – If you find yourself avoiding certain foods because they are uncomfortable or impossible for your teeth, you should have a dentist check on your teeth. It may just mean you have a cavity that can be fixed if caught early or it could mean that more extensive work or possibly dentures are needed.
Dentures can be a great solution for chronic dental health problems. Dentures can restore confidence in your smile as well as the ability to eat the foods you love. Here at Drs. Batten & Heath Family Dentistry, we can talk to you about all of your options. If dentures aren’t needed, we can teach you proper dental habits to help you avoid oral problems in the future. Give us a call today.