I love to help others, but like many people today, I don't have a huge bank account that allows me to make large donations to charities. I still try to donate items I can afford to the needy, and two items that are always appreciated by local food banks are toothpaste and toothbrushes. These two items can make huge differences in the lives of needy people who cannot afford them, as it helps them keep their teeth healthy now and avoid expensive dental bills in the future. Remember that giving does not have to mean donating large sums of money to charities. I created this blog to remind people that giving dental care items to the needy can be a great contribution to society that anyone can afford.
When you have had your dentures for years and they are loose, you have a few options for dealing with the problem. Looking into all of your options will help you pick the right method for handling your loose dentures.
When older dentures become too loose, you can choose to rebase your denture. This method requires a denturist to make a new plate, which is just the pink portion of your denture.
With older dentures, the plate thins out over time. This is due to the denturist manipulating this portion when he or she adjusts your denture. Usually, a liner is added onto the plate to help with adjusting how the denture fits, but it also puts stress the plate. The more times a denture is adjusted, the more stress the materials go though.
When the teeth of your denture are still in good condition, then rebasing them offers you a better solution. Choosing to replace the plate gives you the opportunity to keep your existing teeth, especially if you like the size, shape and color you already have.
Different factors will influence whether rebasing is even a good option for your situation. Dentures typically last around 10 years when you take care of them properly. Remembering to clean them daily and repair any broken portions will help prolong the life of your dentures.
However, the foods you eat and the number of adjustments you have can reduce the length your dentures will last. For example, if you enjoy eating crunchy and hard foods, you will wear down the teeth of your dentures quicker. Those who eat softer foods can generally get the full 10 years as long as nothing else happens to their dentures.
When the teeth are worn down or you have had multiple repairs done on your dentures, your best option is to replace them. There are several advantages of replacing them such as better fitting dentures and you can choose different looking teeth. The idea with new dentures is to fix the issues you had with your previous pair. This can mean choosing whiter teeth or shortening them if that is what you prefer.
Before you decide to purchase a new pair of dentures, you should also look into replacing just the plate as well. If you cannot decide on one option, you should consult a denturist, so he or she can evaluate your situation and offer their recommendation for handling your denture situation.