How Often Should Dentures Be Replaced?
And how should they be replaced?
Dentures will eventually need replacing. As far as the life of the dentures, you can count on anywhere from four to twenty-five years. The American Dental Association explains that it all depends on a variety of things.
There’s normal wear and tear on the denture itself. But more likely, it will be a mouth problem. The denture can irritate the gums and mouth tissues—especially if it becomes loose and moves around. Gum tissue will diminish, not having real teeth to hold it. And this makes the denture loose. Also, the jawbone will recede, again, because there are no tooth roots to hold it.
And there’s no better way to erode your comfort and confidence than by having your dentures slip around, or fall out. That is a CLEAR sign you need new dentures.
You can reline the dentures only so many times. Then something needs to be done with the denture itself.
One option is to have a new set of dentures made to fit your mouth the way it is now. The only problem with this is the new dentures will eventually need to be replaced again. But you do have this option if it suits you.
There are different types of implant options available. But what actually IS an implant? It mimics a real tooth. There is a titanium screw that is inserted into the jawbone. This stabilizes the bone, and prevents deterioration. And beyond that, there are the options:
- Full mouth implants. This involves an implant for each tooth that’s missing—then fusing the final teeth together. This is the best option since it is like your own teeth, almost. You will be able to chew normally, and never worry about slippage again. And there’s the added bonus of maintaining the bones in your facial structure and not having your facial profile change much. This is also the most expensive option.
- All-on-4. This too is a good option, and not as pricey. With this procedure, four implants are placed around the jaw. Then a bridge is made to go across the gap. This only works if the bone is solid and chewing force is low. Like if you were wearing a denture on the other jaw.
- Mini Implants. This procedure consists of a miniature titanium implant, to act as the root of the tooth, with a tiny O-ring attached to the top. And that is attached into the base of your denture. That stabilizes the denture, to avoid slippage and falling out. The denture can’t fall out, but you CAN take it out when you want to. And you can chew food you love all you want. No problem.
The titanium in the implants adheres well to the bone. And as long as the bone can handle having an implant, it can handle the force from chewing.
With implants, it will feel like your real teeth.