How Often Should You Replace Your Dentures?
Your dentures spend hours each day in your mouth. They can help with your smile and assist with chewing. Your dentures get a lot of use and therefore will need to be replaced at some point, which is why it is important to visit your dentist regularly. You may be wondering when they need to be replaced if you’re one of the millions of Americans who wear dentures.
Most dentures last 7 to 10 years.1 Dentures also require additional maintenance—your dentist will determine when you need to have dentures relined or replaced.
Why Do Dentures Need to Be Replaced?
Your dentist will determine if and when there is a need to replace your dentures. Possible reasons for change could be due to the possibility of your mouth shape changing.2
Signs You May Need to Replace Your Dentures
There are a few different signs to look for if you think you may need a denture replacement, and it is important to visit your dentist for a professional assessment if you notice any of the following:1,3
- Your dentures cause chronic irritation. Oral ulcerations or epulis fissuratum are examples of irritation that you may experience.
- You need denture adhesives to keep your dentures in. Dentures that don’t stay in place while eating or in social situations should be replaced. Needing to use denture adhesives more than once a day is another sign that your dentures should be replaced.
- Your dentures no longer match your other teeth. The color of your teeth can change. Dentures that are a different color from your teeth should be replaced.
- Your dentures are broken. Replace your dentures if prosthetic teeth are cracked or have fallen out. Dentures with discolored prosthetic teeth should also be replaced.
- Your teeth have changed. Those with removable partial dentures or overdentures should have their dentures replaced when their teeth change.
- It’s been a while since you got new dentures. Dentures that were made at least five years ago may need to be replaced.
- Your dentures hurt your gums. Dentures that cause discomfort or pinch your gums should be replaced.
- Your dentures make a clicking noise. Dentures that click when you talk should be replaced.
Getting Your Dentures Replaced
See your dentist if you think your dentures need replacement.
- Get dental impressions. Your dentist will need to get an impression of your top and bottom jaw. Your dental impressions will be sent to a dental lab. Your dental impressions will then be used to create a replica of your mouth so that a dental lab can create custom dentures.
- Get a denture fitting. Your dentist will check the fit of your new dentures once they return from the dental lab. Your dentist can make additional adjustments to the dentures to ensure that they fit. Note that you may need to see your dentist a few times.
It can take a few weeks or even months to get used to new dentures.1 You may experience some soreness and irritation from new dentures. See your dentist if soreness or irritation from your dentures continues to be a problem.5
Taking Care of Your Dentures
Taking proper care of your dentures can extend their lifespan. Follow the directions given by your dentist and if you experience any changes, contact the office.
Taking the following steps can keep your dentures in optimal condition:2,4
- Clean your dentures each day. Start by brushing your dentures to remove food particles. Avoid using toothpaste to brush your dentures. You should use a non-abrasive denture cleaner instead. Use a soft toothbrush to clean your dentures like the Polident Dental Appliance Brush. Hard bristles may damage your dentures. Don’t scrub your dentures too aggressively. Scrubbing your dentures too hard can damage them.
- Soak your dentures daily. You should soak them in a denture cleanser overnight. Your dentures may lose their shape if they aren’t kept moist. Always follow the directions on the package or instructions given by your dentist.
- See your dentist regularly. Your dentist can remove stains or scales from your dentures. Your dentist will also make sure your dentures still fit. You can save on your dentist visits with Altogether Dental. This dental discount plan can help you save money on cleanings, dentures and more.
- Never repair your dentures at home. DIY denture repair kits can damage your dentures even further. Never use glue on your dentures. Glue may contain toxic chemicals. See your dentist as soon as possible if your dentures crack or if a prosthetic denture tooth falls out. Most dentists can repair your dentures the same day.
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