When Should You Replace Your Dentures?

The American Dental Association recommends replacing full or partial dentures every 5-7 years for proper fit and appearance. Learn more about when it's time to replace your dentures.

When Should You Replace Your Dentures?

The American Dental Association recommends replacing dentures every 5 to 7 years for a proper fit and appearance. Even the highest-quality and most durable dentures will generally need to be replaced after 7 to 10 years. But how do you know if it's time to put on a new set of dentures? According to statistics, full dentures last between 5 and 10 years, while partial dentures have a maximum lifespan of 15 years. During this period, both the mouth and the dentures can undergo major changes, resulting in an incorrect fit and an unattractive appearance.

If your dentures start to feel loose and make it difficult for you to eat, drink, or even speak properly, it's time to change your dentures. Pets like the smell of their owners and often chew on the denture material, causing so much damage that dentures cannot be repaired. However, chronically loose lower dentures that you can't control with your tongue is a sign that dentures don't fit well. Your dentist can help you ensure that your dentures stay properly fitted, as well as providing professional advice and medical help in case your dentures cause any discomfort.

Denture repair may be a temporary option to do until a new denture can be made. Immediate dentures are a prosthetic device that the dentist places immediately after removing the natural teeth and are used until the permanent dentures are ready, that is, for about two or three months. So if you find that your dentures are loosening or falling out of your mouth, there's no doubt that they need to be adjusted and may need to be completely replaced. Place dentures in a sealed container with cold water or an effervescent denture cleaning solution for added freshness.

Use a denture brush and liquid dish soap or denture cleaning paste to remove plaque and debris. However, once dentures break and have required more than one repair, there's no point in continuing to invest money in worn-out dentures. Cracks, fine fissures, discolored acrylic, tooth decay, and dark spots at the junction of the teeth of the dental prosthesis that don't come off are all signs of denture wear. Take off your dentures before bed every night, rinse them with warm water and brush them gently with a soft-bristled brush and non-abrasive denture cleaner to remove food, plaque, and other deposits.

Dentures, like anything else, can be made to last a long time. However, the most important question is whether or not they should be used for a long time. First, a denture is porous and absorbs odors and bacteria to the point of being saturated. This creates a very unhygienic situation in the mouth.

Second, the colors and size of our teeth change as we age. Large, bright white teeth are not appropriate for a person as they move into middle age. These are the reasons why I recommend that your dentures be redone every 5-7 years so that our dentures stay “in style”.

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