A denture is an invaluable replacement for missing teeth. It restores the way you smile, talk, and eat. However, you must take good care of your dentures if you want them to serve you better and longer. 

But even with the best care, your dentures will eventually need repair or adjustment. Therefore, it's important to visit a dentist when you notice any of the following signs: 

1. You Have Difficulties in Chewing

One of the reasons why people install dentures is to help them chew better after losing one or more teeth. Typically, you will experience some discomfort as the mouth adjusts to the prostheses after installation. However, you should not experience increased difficulty in chewing, and the discomfort shouldn't last long either. If that happens, it is prudent to visit your dentist right away. They will reline the denture so you can chew your food properly. 

2. You Notice Changes in Facial Features

Dentures are as effective as natural teeth in maintaining your normal facial features. So if your facial structure starts to change, there's a good chance that your dentures are misaligned. In this case, your dentist needs to adjust the dentures so as to restore your original facial appearance. 

3. You Have Prolonged Discomfort 

If you experience prolonged discomfort on the teeth adjacent to your dentures, you need to visit your dental clinic immediately. You shouldn't try to fix them on your own, as doing so might cause the prostheses to crack. Visit your dentist instead. 

The dentist will ensure that you get the perfect fit to avoid any discomfort in the mouth. The top dentures will smoothly suction into the gums, the bottom ones will float above, and all the sets will align with the rest of the teeth at the same time. That will enable your dentures to stay in their position all the time. 

4. You Have Hurting Gums

Though dentures may feel weird immediately you have them installed, you will quickly get used to them. However, irritation of the gums long after the installation is not a good sign. Bleeding or raw spots on the gums may also be a sign of damaged dentures. Try to practice proper dental hygiene for a quick fix. But if the gums still hurt, seek professional medical advice. 

Dentures offer numerous benefits, but it's important to take care of them to keep them in good shape. Therefore, schedule an appointment with your dentist if you think you need a denture realignment.