Do I still need to go to the dentist even if I have dentures?
We want to help our patients maintain their oral health the best they can. Many patients often believe once they have dentures they do not need to go to the dentist unless they need an adjustment on their dentures, but that is not the case.
It is still important for you to have regular exams with either Dr. Smith or Dr. Domingue in order to maintain your oral health. At each exam, we will perform a necessary oral cancer screening, check your bone levels, and check your dentures for signs of wear.
Oral cancer is one of the deadliest and most disfiguring forms of cancer. Your dentist is your ally in the early detection and treatment of oral cancer. We can see all of the areas of your mouth that you cannot see on your own. Additionally, we have received the proper training to identify early signs of pre-cancer. Treating oral cancer early is essential.
We also monitor your bone levels with special digital imaging. Edentulous patients (without teeth) are more susceptible to bone loss. Bone loss can affect your appearance and the fit of your dentures.
When you come to your routine exam, we will also examine your dentures for any unusual signs of wear. This can be an indication that your dentures need an adjustment.