Dentures can be much more convenient and easier to maintain than your original teeth. That said, you definitely want to make sure that you do everything you can to keep them in proper working order. That includes brushing and rinsing them as well as getting necessary repairs done.
We associate dentures with the ability to eat whatever foods we please without worrying about any embarrassing incidents. However, a good pair of dentures also supports your overall health in other ways, so it’s crucial to make sure they are in a good state of repair.
Some of the other important functions dentures serve include:
- Protecting The Gums
One of the biggest challenges that people may have after getting dentures is making sure that they can maintain the overall health of their gums. When the gums are exposed, they are far more likely to fall prey to infections. Dentures can protect them.
- Ensuring The Bite Is Evenly Distributed
Your original teeth serve to support the overall health of your jaw by making sure that force is always evenly distributed when you bite and chew. When dentures are in a good state of repair, they simulate the original bite pattern effectively so you will not hurt your jaw.
- Providing Support To The Tongue And Lips During Speech
Dentures are an important part of being able to speak naturally after losing a significant number of teeth. By conforming effectively to the mouth, they ensure that key oral and dental structures will maintain their original shape.
How Can You Know If You Need Denture Repair?
There are many signs that you may potentially need dental repair, with some of them being much more obvious than others. For example, if your dentures have become chipped or cracked, then it is obvious you should get them repaired right away.
Some other situations are more subtle. For example, your gums and mouth can change over time. This can require you to get a new pair of dentures at a slightly different size or reline your current dentures. If you have concerns, it’s a good idea to speak to a dentist.
At Island Dental Associates, we have a long history of providing excellent dentures to the people of Long Island. Call or email us today to find out more or set your appointment with one of our dentists. We will be glad to serve you.