You depend on your dentures all day long, day after day, year after year…how long can a person expect to be able to use the same appliance? A denture has the capability of lasting for several years, as long as it is cared for properly. The lifespan of this prosthesis can vary from person to person.
One of the biggest factors that affect the lifespan of your denture is the health of your mouth. Advanced or continual bone loss can cause dentures to not fit properly. This will cause even more bone loss, due to abnormal pressure throughout the mouth. Sore spots may also develop. You may not necessarily need a new denture; your dentist could possibly just re-line your prosthesis to return a comfortable, secure fit.
If you break your denture, it will depend on what type of break occurs as to whether or not your dentist can repair it for you. Some materials can be fused back together without any integrity being compromised. Others may be impossible to repair, due to the fracture, and may need to be completely replaced. Or maybe you’ve had a partial denture and lost another natural tooth, which needs to be added onto your existing denture. This may or may not be an option, so a consultation with your dentist will be needed. Replacing the tooth as soon as possible can protect the health of your other teeth.
It’s important to feel confident and comfortable in your prosthesis. If the teeth are worn, or the device no longer looks or feels appropriate, it may be worth investing in a newer denture. If you’re a patient that wears dentures, it’s important to have regular check-ups with your dentist twice each year. The purpose of these appointments is to recognize diseases at early stages, and keep your dentures lasting as long as possible.
Posted on behalf of Georgia Denture and Implant Specialists
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