If you’re new to having dentures, you may be asking “How long do dentures last in the first place”? Does the fact that they’re full or partial dentures matter? Does their type affect their life span? If I wear them every day does that make a difference? Should I clean them every day? Having new dentures can often come with many, or all, of these questions, so you’re definitely not alone!
All of these factors can affect the longevity of your dentures. So, if you find that your dentures are becoming loose or they’re falling out of your mouth, your dentures definitely need to be adjusted or replaced. Read the following to figure out how long dentures last and how Orchard Park Dental might be able to help you.
Your denture type affects the longevity of your dentures. Some denture types and materials are more durable than others which can affect how long they last.
Porcelain is one of the most popular dental materials used today because of its durability, natural-looking appearance, and stain resistance. They’ll fit comfortably against your gums so you never have to worry about them slipping while you eat or speak.
Acrylic Resin Dentures
Acrylic resin and plastic materials are just as natural-looking as porcelain dentures, though they tend to wear down quicker and aren’t as costly. They’ll also help to restore your facial structure and your bite and are quite easy to look after.
Partial Metal Dentures
This type of material is best used for partial dentures. Metal alloys hold together acrylic or ceramic tooth replacements. They still look and feel natural but can wear down as quickly as acrylic resin dentures.
The fit of your dentures and how long you wear them can affect their life span. If your immediate or temporary dentures stay properly fitted then they’re most likely going to last longer than dentures that don’t. If you have ill-fitting dentures then you run the risk of damaging and infecting your gums and any permanent teeth you may have due to rubbing. The older our gums and teeth are, the more at risk we are for infection. So, if you have an improper fit, let your dentist know immediately so they can address the problem.
As denture wearers, if you suspect the problem with your denture fit is because of the type of denture adhesive you use, consulting a dental professional for their suggestion is the first step. If, however, your dentist figures it’s not adhesive but the fit itself, they might suggest realigning. The plastic part of your dentures is there to simulate gum tissue so if it fits improperly it can cause problems. Realigning involves reshaping the underside of your otherwise perfectly fine dentures to make them feel more comfortable on your gums.
Does Cleaning Your Dentures Every Day Make a Difference?
The amount you clean your dentures, having a proper oral care routine, and seeing a dentist regularly can make a difference in the longevity of your dentures. If you look after your full and partial dentures properly, they can last for a long time. Here are a few things you can do to ensure a longer lifespan for your dentures:
Stained or Dirty Dentures
Over time, your dentures can become cracked and chipped. Not only does cracking and chipping create an unappealing appearance for your smile, but it can also create places in the dentures where bacteria can hide, leaving your dentures stained and dirty and leaving you prone to infections like gum disease. If your dentures become cracked, chipped or begin staining, see a dental professional for professional advice on whether you believe your dentures require replacement.
Where Can I Get New Dentures?
You can replace dentures at the dentist where you received the dentures, or you can come to Orchard Park Dental and we can begin the process of developing new dentures for you.
How Can Orchard Park Dental Help You?
By visiting Orchard Park Dental and consulting with our dental team, you can learn all the benefits associated with dentures and what they hold for your future. This is why we proudly provide our patients with as many cosmetic, restorative, general, and oral surgery services as possible.
When you receive new, customized dentures, you can expect to reap the following rewards:
Contact Our Stoney Creek Team Today
Our dental care team is always patiently awaiting your call. Call us today to book a consultation appointment to find out which type of dentures are the right solution for your particular smile. We can’t wait to work together with you to improve your oral health. See you soon!