When Should I Replace My Dentures?

When should I replace my dentures? Dentures are durable and long-lasting, but they won’t keep forever. Here are some things to look for when assessing if you need a new pair in Madison, Wisconsin.

  • Breakage
  • Poor Fit
  • Condition
  • Need a New Look
  • Dental Implants

Breakage in Dentures

Are your dentures chipped or broken anywhere? Dentures can break if dropped on hard a surface, like a tile floor. The teeth on the dentures can also become chipped from especially hard or crunchy foods.

If your dentures are cracked or broken, don’t try to repair them yourself. Uneven repairs can result in mouth pain or even TMJ. Bring your dentures in and we will take a look at them to see if they can be repaired. If they are irreparable, we will fit you for new ones.

Poor Fit

Another reason to replace your dentures is if your dentures are starting to feel either too tight or too loose on your gums. Our mouths can change shape over the years, especially if we have missing teeth. Dentures that are too loose can make speaking and eating challenging. They can slip out while talking and rub on the gums, causing sores.

Dentures that are too tight, on the other hand, are simply painful and can also cause mouth sores. If you think that your dentures no longer fit like they once used to, that’s a good sign to bring them in. Catching the issue now can prevent more serious problems from developing.


After years of use, dentures can become stained. Older dentures can also begin to have an odor. This is caused from tiny cracks that form in the dentures that provide a home to bacteria. More than just a nuisance, the presence of bacteria can cause gum disease if not addressed.

Need a New Look

Wanting to change the look of your dentures is another good reason to replace them. The appearance of our teeth changes as we age. If we had dentures made ten or even fifteen years ago, our teeth may have gotten smaller or less white during that time. Dentures that once were a good fit and style for our mouth may no longer look right. If you’d like to update the look of your dentures, come in to see us. We have some wonderful implant-based solutions providing comfort and lasting results.

Dental Implants a Better Option

If you are having challenges with your dentures and finding a good fit, you may consider whether dental implants might be a good option for you. Dental implants are permanently affixed to your jaw. Their strength and function mimics that of natural teeth. Learn more.

If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, please schedule an appointment with us. We’ll assess the strength of your bone structure to identify whether you’re a good candidate for dental implants.

Affiliated Dentists

Here at Affiliated Dentists, we provide general and restorative dentistry, dentures, and dental implants in Madison, Wisconsin. If we can help you update your dentures or provide more information about dental implants, please contact us today.

When Should I Replace My Dentures? brought to you by Dr. Mark Gustavson

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