Whether you are considering getting dentures (fixed or removable false teeth) or already have them, you may have many questions – including how long the dentures, as well as the implants that support the dentures, will last before they need replacement.
What Is the Lifespan of Dentures and the Implants that Support Them?
Dentures can be a highly effective replacement for your natural teeth. The longevity of a set of dentures will depend on its type: full, partial, or temporary.
According to statistics and dentists, full dentures last for anywhere from 5-10 years, partial dentures may last for about 15 years, and immediate or temporary dentures may last for about 2-3 months.
Dentures are also prone to wear and tear and staining, so it’s recommended to get your dentures checked by your dentist every year. Moreover, because your mouth undergoes major changes over time, you should also regularly make sure that your dentures fit properly in your mouth.
As for the implants that support dentures, these can last a lifetime with proper care and good oral hygiene. The screw portion of the implant, which is surgically implanted into jawbone, is strong and durable and meant to serve as a secure anchor for your dentures for as long as you have them. However, the crown that sits atop the screw anchored into your jawbone has a typical lifespan of 15-20 years.
In addition, there are reasons your denture implants may fail, either soon after implant surgery or years later. These reasons include:
- Plaque buildup and gum disease in the area around an implant
- Bone loss in the jaw due to osteoporosis or other conditions that affect bone health
- Smoking, which can interfere with blood flow and healing
- Bruxism (teeth grinding)
- Improper placement of the implant
- Trauma to the area
How Can You Extend the Lifespan of Your Dentures?
The good news about having dentures is that you can extend their lifespan. Below are some ways to ensure a longer lifespan for your dentures. The below tips are for removable implant-secured dentures.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
To increase the lifespan of your dentures, see your dentist regularly. Your dentist can make sure that your dentures stay properly fitted.
Your dentist can also improve the lifespan of your dentures by using one of two methods: relining and rebasing. With relining, your dentist reshapes the underside of your dentures so that they fit more comfortably on your gums. With rebasing, your dentist replaces the base material (a plastic part of the denture that stimulates the gum tissue) of your dentures. Both methods provide your dentures with a better fit and more stability.
Clean Your Dentures
Cleaning dentures can also play a great role in improving their longevity. Therefore, like all teeth, you should brush your dentures twice a day. Make sure to clean your gums and surrounding areas of the denture implants (implant-supported dentures) as well because even a slight buildup can lead to gum disease and be detrimental to your dental health. After eating, run cold water over your dentures in order to remove debris and loose particles from your dentures.
Soak Your Dentures
Another important aspect of denture care is soaking. Soaking keeps your dentures moist so they can retain their shape. You can soak your dentures overnight in water or in a mild denture solution. It’s important to rinse the dentures thoroughly before putting them back in your mouth.
Denture Implants Near Me in Eugene, OR
Denture implants are the preferred choice of dentists and dental patients who wish to better secure their dentures and avoid the painful rubbing on the gums that occurs with traditional dentures.
At 360 Dental, family dentist Dr. Ari Binder provides a full range of dental solutions, including implant-secured dentures. Please note, to be considered a good candidate for dentures supported by implants, you’ll need to have good jawbone structure.