How Long Do Dentures Last?

Dentures are an essential part of modern dental care and treatment, for they provide a solution to missing natural teeth. However, dentures can also be uncomfortable, expensive, and time-consuming to maintain. 

The lifespan of dentures depends significantly on your oral health. However, no matter what they are made of, dentures have an average lifespan of 5-10 years. If you have been wearing the same dentures for more than ten years, be sure to have them evaluated by your dentist to make sure they are still functioning as expected. 

This article will discuss the different aspects that contribute to dentures’ longevity so you know how long your denture set can last before needing replacement.

Where Are Dentures Made Of?

Dentures are a type of prosthesis made from materials including metal, acrylic, acrylic resin, or nylon. Acrylic dentures can be fabricated in a shape and size that fit your mouth perfectly. 

The denture framework is generally made from acrylic resin, nylon, or metal, depending on the type of denture being placed. Acrylic is the way to go for those looking for a more economical and lightweight option. Acrylic adheres better than porcelain because it has greater flexibility which makes them easier to adjust. In addition, they’re also less expensive, so you can save money on dentures without sacrificing quality.

The downside of replacement teeth made from acrylic resin is that they wear out faster than porcelain teeth, which means you may need to replace dentures every five to eight years. On the other hand, porcelain dentures last longer.

How Long Do Dentures Last by Type?

Dentures are an investment in your health. They are a big part of your oral care routine and should be looked after with just as much love and care as with your real teeth as they too wear down with age. These artificial teeth can last for years, but they’re not indestructible. They will need periodic adjustments to ensure a comfortable fit. The best way to protect them is by staying on top of yearly denture checkups with your dentist to deal with irritating pain or discomfort. 

Full Dentures 

After all of your natural teeth have been removed, a set of dentures can be fitted to replace them. This dental appliance is called full or complete dentures. It substitutes all of the teeth on one arch, either the upper or lower jaw.

It’s been said that full dentures last anywhere between 7 and 10 years, but partial dentures last as long as 15 years. That might not seem like much to you right now. Still, during this time frame, both your mouth and your teeth could undergo significant changes, which can result in an improper fit or a lousy appearance. 

Sometimes, after years of use and deterioration, a denture will reach the point where it no longer functions or looks acceptable. Common signs that this has happened include tooth wear or dental base wear and staining from plaque build-up.

Implant-Supported Dentures 

Titanium implants fuse with the bone to replace missing teeth. The titanium posts are placed below the gum line. They bond with your jawbone over time, keeping it strong enough for a lifetime of chewing food without damage or decay in either tooth or bone. This post becomes the foundation for the abutment and the replacement teeth. The cost for dental implant placement surgery can be hefty. Still, in most cases, it pays off with minimal maintenance required after one initial procedure. 

When you invest in implant-supported dentures, the investment will last a lot longer than conventional dental prosthetics. The most critical factor determining how long your implants will work is keeping up on oral hygiene and checking for signs of jawbone deterioration early so it can be addressed before it becomes an issue. Since it is attached to the jawbones, you must keep it healthy through proper nutrition and care. When properly cared for, it would last 10-20 years or longer.

Temporary Dentures

Temporary dentures are considered transitional appliances. These are an excellent option for people who need to get their teeth fixed as quickly as possible. They’re temporary, so you can wear them after tooth removal while your permanent set is being made in the dental laboratory. Immediate dentures have an adhesive that keeps them firmly attached to your gum tissue, ensuring they’ll stay put during eating and speaking time. The downside is that it’s not exactly comfortable since it’s not custom-made for your mouth. 

Sometimes, these appliances need to be replaced even before six months have passed because they do not align properly with your gums and jaw. It can result in sores and discomfort, which is why you must find a dentist who understands how sensitive teeth are after extraction.

Common Signs I Need to Replace My Dentures.

Dentures are made of many different materials and can be worn for up to 10 years. But if you’ve been wearing them for more than ten, make sure your dentist checks the current state!

Ill-fitting denture – For many years, your dentures will change. It’s the constant shifts in bone structure over time that causes them to fit differently from day-to-day. You might not notice the gradual change in fit over time until you find yourself struggling to do routine tasks such as eat and speak.  

It’s time to consider new dentures if you notice significant changes in the fit of your current set. We recommend having them inspected routinely and getting a reline every two years so that they keep up with normal wear-and-tear as well as any emerging problems.

Broken teeth – Your dentures don’t need to be replaced every time something breaks. Suppose your dentist determines that the problem is only a small one. In that case, they might repair it for you instead of replacing them altogether. It may not always be the case, though; sometimes, there are more severe issues with your teeth and gums or jaw alignment problems which can lead to TMJ disorder if left untreated, so make sure any repairs are done by an expert happen as soon as possible.

Broken base – When the denture base breaks, you will need to replace the appliance. The most vital part of the frame is the bottom layer that connects it all, and it’s essential for this piece and any other components not to be damaged to keep everything functional.

Blemished artificial teeth – Dentures get dirty and less attractive over time. It’s essential to keep them squeaky clean. If you don’t, bacteria will start hiding out in the cracks that develop from wearing dentures for an extended period of time. Suppose you don’t address little things like chips in your teeth now. In that case, the problem begins snowballing until one day, all of a sudden, you’re dealing with some serious dental issues. An infection may develop, leading to many dental problems like gum disease or bone loss around your teeth which could require costly treatment down the line.

Feeling of discomfort – Poorly fitted dentures can lead to discomfort in all sorts of areas. Neck, shoulder, and back pains are just a few reasons that might make you want to have your teeth evaluated for an appropriate fit.

How Do You Extend the Life of Your Dentures?

Dentures are a great way to find value in what you spend, and there is no better investment than your teeth. Dentists can help preserve the quality of dentures by making sure they fit correctly, so that denture wearers don’t have any issues with sore spots or discomfort.

Proper denture care – You need to use the appropriate tools to clean the dentures. With the use of a soft-bristled brush or a denture brush and a denture cleanser, you’ll be able to clean every nook and cranny of your false teeth. It is advisable to brush them at night. However, it would be better to do it twice a day. Furthermore, avoid using regular toothpaste as it could wear down the artificial tooth. 

Dentists recommend that you soak your denture overnight, either in water or a dental cleaning solution. Doing so will sterilise the denture and prevents it from drying out. However, it would be best never to put them in hot water because it will warp the denture.

Moreover, make it a point to handle them with care during the cleaning process because it can cause damage when you drop them on the sink or the floor. 

Denture relining – Dentures are excellent for replacing teeth that have been lost. However, over time they can wear down from the patient’s biting habits and need to be relined. It is typically a result of weight loss, tooth loss or some disease. The dental practitioner can replace the worn pink material with a new gumline-like lining, stopping you from feeling uncomfortable in your mouth.

Denture repair – Dentures are made to last and withstand the pressures of chewing, but they can become fractured or split. When this happens, you should take them in right away so a dentist can inspect your mouth close-up and repair any problems found there quickly before other harm befalls on these vital pieces of dental equipment. However, suppose a dental visit is not possible at the moment. In that case, there are temporary solutions like do-it-yourself repairs to help keep them together until you get in touch with the dentist’s office.

Final Thoughts

Dentures are an excellent treatment option for people who have lost teeth and need to replace them with something that can help maintain their natural appearance. However, many people wonder how long dentures last. Dentures are a significant investment, so it is essential to know what factors affect the lifespan of dentures.

The lifespan of your denture will depend on many factors, such as what you eat, whether you take good care of it, and other health conditions that may impact oral hygiene. For example, eat sugary foods or drink acidic beverages every day. There will be more tooth decay over time which means less longevity for your denture set. 

We want to help you make the most of your denture investment, so it lasts as long as possible. Contact Peel Dental Studio at 08 9535 4900 and schedule an appointment with us today. Our team will assess your needs and give tips on caring for them properly to maximise longevity. Let’s get started getting that healthy and beautiful smile back ASAP.

Dr. Ross Bailey

https://peeldentalstudio.com.au

Dr Bailey currently serves on the Australian Dental Association as immediate Past President, and before this has held office as President, Treasurer and Country Councillor. He is on the Australian Dental Association Federal Council and has always been keen to give back to the profession that has been his life. He has tutored young dentists at the Oral Health Centre in Perth, which he has held for over 20 years.

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