Most dentures have a 7-10 year lifespan. The amount of time you will be able to wear your dentures varies based on a number of factors. Over time, our faces change shape naturally and any changes to the jawline, gums, or face might cause you to need a new pair of dentures. Your dentures will have normal maintenance such as relining or rebasing but normal wear and tear plus the changing shape of your face will cause you to need a new pair of dentures. Following the maintenance plan from your dentist will keep your dentures in good shape for a longer period of time.
Proper denture care is essential to keeping your dentures wearable and comfortable for the longest period of time. Denture owners should see a dentist at Shelby Dental Center at least every 6 months. These visits are important because the dentist can make sure that your dentures and your mouth are examined to ensure the proper denture fit. During your routine visit, the dentist will look for any oral diseases that may be caused by having denture implants. We also will clean your dentures to keep them as close to the color you requested when the dentures were made.
At-home care is also vitally important to extend the lifetime of your dentures. Brushing your teeth the proper way can help keep gum disease and tooth decay from happening. Special attention needs to be paid to teeth that fit under the dentures’ metal clasp. Plaque can build up under the clasps and cause tooth decay. If you are wearing partial dentures, make sure to remove them before you brush your natural teeth. You should also clean, rest, and massage your gums daily. Rinsing with warm salt water will help clean your gums.
Whether or not you perform all the care and maintenance on your dentures, you will most likely have to replace them at some point in time. If you are in need of replacement dentures or denture services, look no further than Shelby Dental Center! We would love to be your one-stop-shop for dentures and denture services. Call us at 205-664-1190 or visit our contact page to schedule an appointment.