You likely know that a denture is not meant to be permanent. You will have to get dentures replaced from time to time over the years. Dentures typically last for 5-8 years. Once the time is up, you will need to get your dentures replaced. Learn why dentures only last for 5-8 years and what you can do to ensure yours last that long.
How to make the upper and lower denture last
Dentures wear down faster than natural teeth. The false teeth lose strength, making it difficult to eat. The teeth can also become discolored over the years. Dentures even become ill-fitting due to bone loss. People can get adjustments and denture relines to improve the fit, but eventually, new dentures are needed. Find out how to extend the life of dentures, so they last for at least five years.
Use both hands when removing dentures
Many people use a single hand to remove dentures. This puts extra pressure on one side of the dentures, and eventually, the prosthesis loses its shape. It can also cause one side to wear faster than the other. Always use two hands when removing dentures. Apply even pressure to both sides and lift the dentures out of the mouth.
Remove dentures out at night
Dentures are removable prosthetic teeth. While some people choose to sleep in them, dentures last longer when removed at night. Soak the dentures at night, so the teeth will be fresh the next morning. Along with making the dentures last longer, removing them at night will also allow the gums to rest. This will make the dentures more comfortable during the day.
Use care when cleaning dentures
Dentures can crack and break when dropped. Unfortunately, it is easy to drop dentures when cleaning them. Lay out a soft towel when removing and cleaning dentures. Then, if the dentures are dropped, the towel will absorb the impact.
Use a denture case
Place the dentures in a plastic case when the teeth are not soaking or in the mouth. The plastic case should be kept in a safe spot. Many people place the case in a secure drawer that cannot be accessed by children. People should avoid laying heavy items on top of the case since the force can cause the case to bend.
Visit the dentist regularly
Regular dental appointments can make dentures last longer. Dentists examine the dentures to determine if they need to be adjusted or relined. Most denture repairs can be done on the spot. The newly repaired dentures will be more comfortable and functional and last longer.
Make your dentures last
Your dentures should last at least five years. You can ensure they last at least that long by taking special care. Use both hands when removing your dentures and take them out every night. Put down a soft towel when cleaning your dentures and use a denture case to store them. Also, go to the dentist at least once a year to get your dentures checked.
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