Are you considering dentures to replace your missing teeth? You most likely have many questions you want to ask your dentist. One of the most common is, “How long will my dentures last?” It’s no secret that dentures are not considered a permanent tooth replacement. Most dentists agree that the lifespan of dentures is only between five and 10 years, after which they’ll need relining or repairs.
If you take proper care of your dentures and practice great oral hygiene habits, you can extend the life of your dentures by a few years. However, the natural changes that occur in your mouth after you lose teeth will affect the amount of time you can live comfortably with the same dentures.
Factors that affect the longevity of dentures include:
Natural bone resorption
Once you lose a tooth, your jawbone naturally begins resorbing and shrinking without stimulation. If you have no teeth, this process occurs across your entire jaw ridge. This can quickly lead to ill-fitting dentures that slip when a patient eats or talks. If your jawbone resorbs at a faster rate than others, your original denture may not last as long before it needs to be relined.
Dentures can be made from a wide range of materials that can affect their quality. Poorly made dentures won’t last as long as those made from stronger and more durable materials. Replacing damaged parts of a denture can also affect their long-term reliability, as will the amount of wear a patient puts on their denture.
Oral health habits
If you don’t maintain good oral health habits, even without teeth, you can risk problems with your dentures. Your dentures should be brushed every day to remove plaque buildup and avoid staining. Dentures also need to be soaked in a solution overnight to remove any bacteria from the materials. If you don’t follow recommended oral health routines, your denture might not last long.
Avoid the problems and discomforts of dentures
One way you can avoid having to ask if dentures are worth it is to choose dental implants instead. Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement and provide a solid, strong foundation for a denture or full arch prosthesis. They provide health, strength, and stability to your mouth so you can eat with comfort and smile with confidence. Ask your dentist about implant supported dentures or full mouth dental implants at your next appointment!
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