Will I Need to Eventually Replace My Dentures?
Dentures from The Denture & Implant Centre are built to last. They’re custom-made to be comfortable, functional, and durable – helping you to eat, speak, smile, and laugh with confidence.
You’ll likely rely on your dentures on a daily basis. Although your new dentures are made with longevity in mind, the daily stress of activities like eating will cause them to lose some strength over time — much like our natural teeth.
Additionally, the mouth and jaw undergo several significant changes as we age, especially once we’ve lost a few teeth.
The combination of daily stress on your dentures and physical changes in your jaw means that you’ll likely need to replace your dentures at some point in your life. Don’t stress — this is a completely expected and normal thing to experience.
Although each case is different, you can reasonably expect your new dentures to last between 5 – 10 years with proper care and maintenance.
Normal Wear & Tear
Your dentures withstand a lot of stress on a day to day basis. Our jaws are incredibly strong — and our teeth get worn down from the pressure. Dentures also experience these same stresses and like our natural teeth, will experience natural wear and tear.
Over time, small fissures, cracks, and discolouration can occur. Cracks and fissures give bacteria more places to hide, making the dentures more difficult to clean, while discolouration may cause yellowing teeth.
One way you can reduce wear and tear on your dentures is by limiting certain foods in your diet. Humans have adapted to a varied diet consisting of vegetables, nuts, meats, dairy, sugars, and much more.
Some of the harder foods in our diet can be especially stressful on dentures — try to limit the number of hard veggies, nuts, and sugars in your daily meals.
Physical Changes in the Mouth & Jaw
As we age, our bodies undergo several physical changes including the structure of our mouth and jaw. When teeth are lost, these changes can be accelerated. Your body begins to believe it no longer needs the bone where the tooth was lost — as a result the bone begins to shrink.
The angle of your jaw also increases with age which can have significant effects on the fit of your dentures. Your denturist can certainly accommodate these changes with minor adjustments — but there comes a time when a new denture altogether may be required.
Many minor denture repairs can be fixed within a single appointment. If you damage your dentures, it’s important to contact The Denture & Implant Centre as soon as possible. Continuing to use your dentures can damage them further and potentially cause you pain and discomfort.
Depending on the extent of the damage, your dentures may need to be replaced.
We understand that accidents happen — depending on which denture product you choose, we offer up to 5 years of coverage on the base of your dentures.
How Old Are Your Dentures?
Hopefully you’ve been scheduling regular appointments with your denturist since you’ve had your dentures, especially if they’re more than five years old.
If you believe it’s time for a new set of teeth, call The Denture & Implant Centre today to schedule an appointment with one of our professional denturists.