Dentures are a popular tooth replacement option for individuals who have lost their natural teeth. They provide functional and aesthetic benefits, allowing people to regain their confidence in their smiles and ability to eat and speak comfortably. However, like any prosthetic, dentures have a lifespan. This blog aims to explore the factors that determine the longevity of dentures and provide you with insights into how long dentures should last.
What Factors Affect the Lifespan of a Denture?
Several factors can impact the lifespan of dentures. Understanding these factors can help you make good decisions and properly care for your dentures to increase their durability:
The quality of the materials used to create your dentures plays a significant role in their longevity. Higher-quality materials are usually more durable and resistant, this results in longer-lasting dentures. We advise working with reputable dental professionals that use high-quality materials to create their dentures.
Proper Denture Care
Proper care and maintenance are very important for prolonging the lifespan of dentures. Regular cleaning, using non-abrasive cleaning agents, and following your dentist’s guidance for care are essential. Additionally, removing and properly storing dentures when you are not using them, such as overnight, prevents unnecessary accidents, distortion or the need for dentures to be repaired.
Changes in your Jaw and Gum Tissues
Over time, the jawbone and gum tissues can naturally change, leading to a difference in the fit of your dentures. This can affect how comfortable your dentures are and their function. We recommend regular visits to the dentist for check-ups and adjustments to help address any changes, to ensure that your dentures continue to fit properly and remain functional.
Particular habits, such as using your teeth/ dentures as tools or grinding your teeth, can increase the rate of wear and tear on your dentures. Avoiding or reducing these habits can significantly increase the longevity of your dentures.
What is the Average Lifespan of Dentures?
While the lifespan of dentures can vary depending on the previously mentioned factors, it is generally recommended to replace dentures every 5 to 7 years. Generally, dentures can experience natural wear and tear, leading to changes in fit, reduced stability, and diminished aesthetics. Changes in certain oral structures can also impact the function and comfort of dentures over an extended period.
It is important to note that everyone’s experiences may differ, and some individuals may require denture replacement sooner due to their specific circumstances. Regular dental check-ups allow your dentist to assess the condition of your dentures and recommend replacement when and if necessary.
How do I Prolong the Lifespan of my Denture?
To improve the lifespan of your dentures, consider the following tips:
- Maintain a good level of oral hygiene by regularly cleaning your dentures and mouth.
- Handle your dentures carefully, avoiding using strong forces or dropping them accidentally.
- Remove dentures at night time and soak them in a denture cleaner or water to keep them moist and prevent shape changes.
- Avoid using dentures as tools or biting on hard objects (Pen lids and Nails).
- Visit your dentist for regular appointments to assess the condition of your dentures and make any appropriate adjustments.
Dentures can provide great functional and aesthetic benefits, restoring your confidence and improving oral health even with missing teeth. While the lifespan of dentures can differ between each individual, it is generally recommended to replace them every 5 to 7 years. Factors such as material quality, proper care, changes in oral structures, and personal habits all play a role in the longevity of dentures. If you have questions, or concerns or notice any changes in the fit or function of your dentures, speak to your dentist to gain professional advice and recommendations. Remember, good care and regular monitoring can help ensure that your dentures continue to benefit you for years to come.