Denture Talk: How Long Do Dentures Last?

Denture Talk - How Long Do Dentures Last
A common question our dentists are asked concerning dentures is how long someone can expect dentures to last? Unfortunately, it isn’t as straightforward as just giving you a range of years of how long you can expect your dentures to hold up.

Instead, the lifespan of your dentures is highly dependent on what style of dentures you have and what kind of care you give them. Because depending on these factors, dentures can last anywhere from 5 to 20 years.

If that seems like a pretty variable range, our dentists here at Castle Rock Dental are here to help clarify how long you can expect your dentures to last.

Average Lifespan Of Dentures

Your overall oral health depends on how well you keep up with your oral hygiene. From daily flossing, brushing twice a day, to using mouthwash, you can take simple steps to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Even once you have dentures, these things are important.

Some dentures users believe that since their natural teeth are either mostly gone or completely gone that they don’t need to stick to the same routine. But even if you no longer have any natural teeth, cleaning your gums and your dentures are an important factor in making your dentures last longer.

Along with your oral hygiene, what type of dentures you have will help predict how long your dentures will last.

  • Partial dentures – Five to fifteen years
  • Traditional dentures – Five to ten years
  • Implant dentures – Twenty years or more

Now, these numbers should act more like a guideline for how long your dentures will last, rather than a promise. Depending on the level of care you give to your dentures and your maintenance habits, your dentures can last longer or less.

Maintenance Tips That Can Help Your Dentures Last

Depending on what style of dentures you have, there are specific dentures maintenance and cleaning tips that are applicable. For instance, implant-fixed dentures cannot be removed to be cleaned, though you should still be cleaning them. But, in general, here are some dentures maintenance tips that can help your dentures last.

  • Take dentures out nightly – By taking your dentures out nightly, you can help alleviate the pressure on your gums and prevent sore spots from developing.
  • Clean dentures – After you remove your dentures for the night, it is time to clean them. Using toothpaste formulated for dentures, brush your dentures like you would your natural teeth to remove any leftover food particles and bacterial growth.
  • Come in for dentures relining – Over time, the fit of your dentures will change. To accommodate these changes, you can come into our denture clinic and have your dentures relined. With the denture reline, you can enjoy a comfortable fit again.
  • Remove dentures over padding – When you take your dentures out, be sure to do so over a padded surface, like a towel over the counter. That way, if they slip out of your hands and fall, your dentures are less likely to break.
  • Soak dentures overnight – Brushing your dentures is an important part of its maintenance, but it is not enough to get all the bacteria. Soaking your dentures overnight in a dentures cleaning solution can help ensure that all tiny pockets of bacteria are eliminated.

Signs It Is Time To Replace Your Dentures

There are a number of signs that your dentures need to be replaced. Some are fairly obvious, such as when your dentures become damaged. But sometimes, it can be tough to know when to come in and have your dentures checked by an expert. Here are some signs that it’s time to replace your dentures.

  • Your dentures are damaged beyond repair.
  • It’s not possible to get your dentures clean.
  • The dentures are discolored.
  • One or more dental implants have failed.
  • You have a difficult time eating, talking, or using your dentures.
  • They are uncomfortable to wear, even after relining.

When you are ready to replace your dentures or need to get the fit checked, be sure to contact us to work with one of our dentists.

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