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09 / 05 / 2023

Dentures are common dental prosthetics used to replace missing teeth and improve oral function and appearance. Dentures are designed to be durable and long-lasting, but like any dental appliance, they will eventually need to be replaced. The lifespan of dentures can vary depending on several factors, including the type of dentures, the wearer’s oral health, and how well the dentures are cared for.

In this article, we will discuss how long dentures last and some factors that can impact their lifespan.

The lifespan of dentures can range from 5 to 10 years, depending on the type of dentures and how well they are cared for. Below are some of the factors that can impact the lifespan of dentures:

  1. Type of dentures: There are two main types of dentures: full dentures and partial dentures. Full dentures replace all of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw, while partial dentures replace only a few missing teeth. Full dentures tend to last longer than partial dentures because they are designed to withstand more wear and tear.
  2. Quality of materials: The quality of materials used to make dentures can impact their lifespan. High-quality dentures made with durable materials like acrylic resin and porcelain can last longer than lower-quality dentures made with cheaper materials.
  3. Oral health: Maintaining good oral health is essential for the longevity of dentures. If a person’s oral health deteriorates, the dentures can become ill-fitting, which can cause discomfort and damage to the dentures. It is essential to maintain good oral hygiene and visit the dentist regularly to ensure that the dentures fit properly.
  4. Wear and tear: Dentures are designed to withstand regular wear and tear, but excessive use can cause damage and shorten their lifespan. It is important to use dentures only as directed and avoid exposing them to extreme temperatures, which can cause warping or cracking.
  5. Maintenance: Proper maintenance of dentures can significantly impact their lifespan. Dentures should be cleaned regularly with a non-abrasive denture cleaner and stored in a moist environment when not in use. Additionally, dentures should be inspected by a dentist at least once a year to check for damage and ensure that they fit properly.

While dentures can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years, it is essential to remember that they will eventually need to be replaced. Even with proper care, dentures will experience wear and tear over time and may need to be adjusted or replaced to maintain optimal function and appearance.

Some signs that dentures may need to be replaced include:

  1. Loose fit: If dentures become loose or ill-fitting, they may need to be replaced. Ill-fitting dentures can cause discomfort, difficulty eating and speaking, and damage to the oral tissues.
  2. Visible wear and tear: Dentures that show visible signs of wear and tear, such as cracks, chips, or stains, may need to be replaced. Damaged dentures can cause discomfort and affect the appearance of the smile.
  3. Changes in oral health: Changes in oral health, such as the loss of bone or gum tissue, can impact the fit of dentures and may require replacement.
  4. Poor function: If dentures no longer function properly, such as causing discomfort or difficulty eating and speaking, they may need to be replaced.

In conclusion, dentures can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years, depending on the type of dentures, quality of materials, oral health, wear and tear, and maintenance. It is important to maintain good oral hygiene, visit the dentist regularly, and properly care for dentures to prolong their lifespan. However, even with proper care, dentures will eventually need to be replaced.


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