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How Long Should Your Denture Last You?

Posted in Dentures

Most dentures last, on average, five to ten years. It’s hard to say exactly how long your individual denture will last since there are many factors that influence how well the materials hold up or changes in your mouth that occur. Here are a few considerations to keep in mind:

Your Own Oral Health

The health of your gums and jawbone can affect how long a particular denture fits you. If you have any conditions that weaken the bone in your jaw, then you may quickly find that your denture is too loose.

You may also need to make some early changes to your prosthesis if your gums become inflamed due to disease or poor hygiene.

Normal Wear and Tear

Dentures wear down just like natural teeth do. If you have a habit of grinding your dentures or using them to chew very hard foods, then you’ll likely find that they need attention within just a couple of years of getting them.

How Well You Care for Your Prosthesis

While it’s true that your denture can’t erode away from decay as teeth do, it can slowly disintegrate if you don’t take good care of it.

For example, letting your denture dry out can make it warp and cause permanent damage. Your denture can easily dry out if you don’t soak it in water or a denture solution at night.

Damage to Your Plate

Have you dropped your denture at all in the past year? Even a seemingly small accident can alter your bite and change the fit of your plate, warranting replacement.

Have your denture checked annually for cracks, wear, and signs of microbial buildup. Regular cleaning and repairs can help your denture to last as long as possible!

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Denture and Implant Specialists
203 Woodpark Pl #102
Woodstock, GA 30188
(770) 926-0021


It’s Time to Repair Your Denture if You Notice These Signs

Posted in Dentures

You’ve had your dentures for a little while now, and you’ve gotten accustomed to some new-ish inconveniences that they’ve started to cause.

Sound familiar? Actually, dentures are not supposed to cause you any discomfort. When working properly, they should behave almost like your natural teeth.

If you experience any of the signs listed below, you need to get your dentures repaired or even replaced.

Small chips and cracks – You’ve bitten into something hard, and heard a crack! There’s no broken teeth, but that doesn’t mean that your appliance isn’t damaged. Small cracks and chips can cause sharp edges, which can hurt your tongue and cheeks.

Difficulty chewing – Dentures are designed to help you chew better. So if you notice over time that chewing is beginning to get more difficult, you need your dentures repaired or refitted to your mouth.

Slipping out of place – Your dentures should stay put, but they’ve begun to have a mind of their own and slip out of place. This is a sign that your dentures don’t fit properly anymore and needs to be adjusted.

Clacking sound when eating or speaking – Generally, dentures should behave like normal teeth. If you hear an annoying clicking sound then your dentures most likely don’t fit properly.

Sore gums – dentures that need adjustment or repairs can put unnecessary pressure on your gums, resulting in pain and sores on your gums.

Your dentures are supposed to make your life easier, not more difficult. So if they are causing you pain or discomfort, you should get them repaired or replaced before they lead to other problems.

Schedule an appointment with your local dentist to get your dentures back on track.

Posted on behalf of:
Mundo Dentistry
3463 US-21 #101
Fort Mill, SC 29715
(704) 825-2018


Denture Emergency: Fixing Broken Dentures

Posted in Dentures

Dental emergencies don’t usually happen when you’re relaxing at home with plenty of time on your hands. When your denture unexpectedly breaks, how do you fix it? Or, should you fix it?

What Happened?

Think about what caused the accident. It’s important to keep track of this so that it doesn’t happen again. Did you drop your denture? Did a tooth come out? Were you eating something in particular when it happened?

Say No to Denture DIYs

Repair kits for dentures are hardly long-lasting solutions. It’s very difficult to get the broken pieces lined up in just the right way. Even the glues used in repair can be toxic.

A patch job could actually affect the fit of your denture after you’re done repairing it. This in turn affects how you eat, how well your denture stays in place, and how comfortable and clean your denture can be. DIY repairs also run the risk of ruining your denture, for good.

Get it Right the First Time

The best way to fix your denture is to contact a dental office in the area who can see you right away for a repair. Almost any office anywhere that handles a lot of denture cases should be able to see you that day. They understand the urgency!

You might take along a denture repair kit for an extreme emergency situation while traveling. This could be your only option if you know you’ll be somewhere without access to dental care for quite some time. You need your denture in one piece to be able to eat!

Seeing a dentist for denture repairs means you can get it right the first time, without unwanted discomfort.

Posted on behalf of:
Tuscany Dental Care
1162 E Sonterra Blvd Suite 300
San Antonio, TX 78258
(210) 494-3589


If You Break Your Denture While Traveling

Posted in Dentures

Sometimes the unthinkable happens: you damage your trusted denture or partial while away from your regular dentist.

We’re going to discuss not only what you should do in the event of such an emergency, but how you can minimize the chance of it happening!

Avoid Taking Your Denture’s Care into Your Own Hands!

It may be tempting to use superglue or grab a DIY denture repair kit. You understandably want your teeth back as soon as possible. But “repairing” your denture yourself could end up ruining it completely.

Call around to find a local dental office that does repairs. In the case of an emergency or walk-in appointment, you might have to wait a day or two. It’s worth the wait to have it professionally repaired!

Arrange for Care on Your Travels

Do you typically travel to a particular area to pass the winter in warmer regions?

If there is an area that you frequently visit for extensive stays, consider getting established with an office in that area. By at least establishing a rapport, you’ll be able to drop by for your unexpected dental needs, such as repairing a damaged denture.

Take Extra Precautions While Traveling

Do you worry that your denture might slip out while boating? Get chewed up by the family dog? Crack from a fall? Take extra precautions that you might not usually at home.

  • Wear a denture adhesive
  • Clean and handle your denture over a clean towel
  • Store your denture high off the ground in a secure case when not wearing it

With some careful forethought, you can avoid a serious denture accident! Talk with your dentist to create a more detailed action plan.

Posted on behalf of:
Tuscany Dental Care
1162 E Sonterra Blvd Suite 300
San Antonio, TX 78258
(210) 494-3589

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