Your teeth are central to how you eat and drink and to how you communicate with friends and family. Just as a poorly made or ill-fitting set of dentures can rob you of your confidence and comfort and even isolate you from those you love, a great set of dentures can do wonders for your quality of life. If your dentures aren't fitting or operating the way they used to, it might be time to get in touch with your dentist for a repair or adjustment.

Why do your dentures need repair?

Although dentures have come a long way in recent years, offering quality and longevity not previously imagined, they do need to be repaired from time to time. Dentures can begin to need some professional attention for many reasons, and the most common among them are damage and the natural evolution of your mouth.

Your dentures are broken

Dentures require special care to keep them functioning and fitting well. Sometimes, even with rigorous attention to cleaning and safe overnight storage, they can sustain some damage. The most common reasons that people seek out denture repairs include accidents, such as dropping the dentures, and the inevitable toll of wear and tear.

Problems such as loose or wobbling teeth, chips and cracks in the teeth and pink enamel of the dentures and even one or both sets breaking in half are all too common. When dentures become damaged, they can become incredibly uncomfortable, and rapid repair is necessary to ensure the damage doesn't become worse.

Your dentures don't fit like they used to

No matter how well your dentures have been made, they can't adapt to the natural changes that take place in your mouth. Receding gums and bones are an inevitable part of the ageing process, and often these changes take place so gradually that you may not notice them. As your mouth changes shape and its contours shift, your dentures may begin to cause you considerable discomfort.

Signs of a poorly fitting denture include:

  • Sore spots and even infections in your mouth, caused by misaligned dentures causing friction against your gums.

  • Trouble eating or drinking, as your dentures shift in place or don't sit correctly in position.

  • Lack of confidence and difficulty talking clearly, as your dentures obstruct your speech.

  • Whistles, pops and other embarrassing sounds.

If you're experiencing difficulties with your dentures, contact your dentist to arrange your denture repairs as soon as possible. Before you know it, you'll be eating, talking and laughing just like you used to.