Just like natural teeth, dentures can wear, chip and become discolored over time. But how long do dentures really last? Two years? Five years? Ten years or longer? Well, that largely depends on you, the wearer.
Caring For Dentures
Caring for your dentures properly will not only ensure that your overall oral health is in good condition, it will also extend the life of your dentures. Your mouth is constantly changing, whether you have dentures or not, and things like gradual bone loss, age and tissue changes affect how well your dentures fit in your mouth. Regular checkups are an excellent way for us to keep an eye on your dentures and partner together with you to make sure they last longer.
Adjustments and repairs may need to be done from time to time, but we expect that with excellent care, a set of dentures can last between seven to ten years.
Coupled with regular checkups and exams in our office, at home, you can do a lot to extend the life of your dentures. Remember that they stain just like natural teeth, so brushing them daily with the proper cleanser can help remove these discolorations as well as eliminate bacteria and food debris that are present. Nightly soaking of your dentures in plain water will help them maintain their proper shape. Dentures that dry out become warped and may be ill-fitting to the point of needing to be replaced.
If you drop or damage your dentures, do not attempt to repair them yourself at home. Call our office right away and we will get you in for an exam. Remember to call our office with any questions or concerns you may have about your dentures, especially if you are experiencing discomfort or pain. We look forward to helping you keep your smile looking fantastic for years to come!