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
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