Normally, people replace their old dentures around every seven years
Be attentive to any changes in the fitting of your dentures
It takes some adjustment for people who have received their first set of dentures, either full or partial. It’s a new feeling after a lifetime of natural teeth. Of course, it will take some adapting, but there’s a new confidence in knowing that there’s now something in the tooth gaps which had been empty before and made for a changed appearance and speech pattern. An important question that pops to their mind is: “When should I replace my old dentures?”
The Lifespan of Dentures
The first thing to keep in mind is that typically dentures last between five to seven years before needing to be replaced. That’s from normal usage – dentures are not as long-lasting as dental implants because they are not as sturdy and are not anchored in place by a screw. Some dentists view ten years as the normal range, but it all depends on the person and how the dentures are maintained throughout its lifetime.
What To Look Out For With Dentures
There are several things to look for when it comes to knowing when to go to the dentist to get their dentures replaced. They should make sure that food is not getting trapped under the denture – that means a lot of extra cleaning. Are the teeth flattened? That makes chewing harder and makes for extra time while eating. They should be especially wary if their dentures are loose and shift around in their mouth. That’s the biggest sign that they need to have them replaced – otherwise they can have a speech impediment, since shifting teeth make it difficult to speak properly. Having it hurt when they take a bite or chew is another indicator.
Properly Taking Care of Dentures
Proper maintenance is important – they have to watch what they eat and drink, since plenty of those can damage the dentures. Are they ensuring that the dentures fit and if they aren’t, going to the dentist to have it relined to avoid having sores or cuts in their mouth that can get infected? Are they brushing their dentures every day and soaking them every night?
Sometimes it all can be random happenstance and they will find themselves in a situation where repairing or relining them just is not feasible. Also, remember that their jaw will keep changing with the empty space where the tooth used to be and that their dentures will not have the same fit throughout – there will be adjustments made throughout the course of their wearing them.
Dr. Shaista Najmi and her staff at Ivory Dental Jacksonville will gladly guide them through the whole denture process. They can easily replace dentures, whether full or partial, with their dental lab, which reduces waiting time by a good amount.