Patients fitted with full dentures may mistakenly believe that they no longer must worry about scheduling comprehensive oral exams. After all, there are no natural teeth left to examine. However, the mouth and bite change constantly, which means that the dentist must regularly assess denture fit. If that is the case, the dentist will reline full dentures that do not fit as well as they should. Patients should also note that any man-made material will eventually show signs of wear. This is particularly true of plastic that is subjected to the considerable forces exerted by the jaws while biting and chewing. Gum tissue underlying dentures must also be regularly examined for signs of irritation and pre-cancerous lesions.
P.S. If a patient is unable to successfully wear full dentures, the dentist may recommend implants or anchoring an overdenture to existing tooth roots.