Most people don’t realize they need dentures until it is too late…until they’re in serious pain or missing several teeth. However, there are some early, more subtle, signs that you can catch. Our Reading dentists have outlined several signs that you need dentures. Spotting these signs early can help you find more effective treatment and prevent long-term pain down the road.
You’re Missing Several Teeth
Missing teeth is the most obvious of the signs that you need dentures. Over 36 million Americans are currently missing teeth, and over 30 million of them are wearing dentures.
While missing teeth in the front of your mouth are more noticeable, missing teeth in the back of your mouth can hamper chewing, making eating not only difficult but painful.
If you’re missing more than three teeth, you should schedule an appointment with a dentist and discuss dentures options. When you’re missing teeth, your remaining teeth are left to pick up the extra work. This puts a strain on them, which can cause pain or damage in the future. Missing teeth can also cause jawbone loss, sagging, and shifting.
Getting dentures now will help stabilize your existing teeth, strengthen your jawbone, and make eating easy again.
Shifting, Loose Teeth
Are your teeth shifting? Do they wiggle or feel loose? This could forewarn future tooth loss and is one of the most subtle signs that you need dentures. Teeth grow loose due to advanced gum disease. Gum disease deteriorates your jawbone, leading to an unstable structure for your teeth.
Because gum disease can advance so rapidly, dentists may recommend extractions if the disease is beyond prevention. Dentures will be used in place of the extracted teeth to help restore the health of the jawbone and the appearance of a patient’s smile.
Swollen, Tender, & Bloody Gums
Swollen, red, and tender gums are an early indication of gingivitis and gum disease. Gingivitis is caused by a bacterial infection in the gums. If you visit the dentist regularly, at least every six months, your dentist should be able to spot the signs of gingivitis early and treat the disease.
However, far too many Americans skip their regular dental checkups. When teeth and gums aren’t taken care of, the disease can progress. Gums may pull away from the teeth, causing bone loss and tooth loss. Gum disease is responsible for over 70% of tooth loss in the U.S. so it is important you take all the steps necessary to stop it in its tracks.
Are you in severe pain every time you take a bite of your favorite foods? Pain is never normal and should be addressed with your dentist immediately. Pain is often a sign that your tooth has decayed down to the nerve.
Your dentist can determine whether the tooth can be saved. Sometimes a filling is used, but if decay has spread to several teeth, dentures are often the easiest option.
If you grind your teeth or are prone to sensitive, cracked teeth, it is still worth a visit to the dentist. They can help recommend treatments that will prevent future tooth loss.
Trouble eating foods can be caused by any of the issues above. If you notice you can’t enjoy the same foods you used to, tell your dentist. Also, notice whether you experience regular stomach aches. When foods can’t be chewed, the stomach works harder to digest them.
Trouble eating is not one of the tell-tale signs that you need dentures, but it can be a sign that something is wrong with your oral health. Our team of Berks County dentists always recommends seeing us when you have a question or concern, no matter how small. It is better to see us early than it is to see us later, when damage may have progressed so far that extractions and dentures are the only options left.
Explore Dentures in Reading, Easton, and Beyond
At Affordable Dental Solutions, we’re lucky to have a team of experienced dentists in Berks County and the Lehigh Valley. If you’re experiencing any of the signs that you need dentures, we encourage you to schedule an appointment.
With five offices across eastern Pennsylvania, we have helped thousands of patients find comfortable, affordable dentures. Now it’s your turn to find the smile of your dreams.