Ask the Experts: Living Well with Dentures

The average lifespan of dentures is five years.

The average lifespan of dentures is five years.

Living Well with Dentures
by McCormack Denture Clinic

Dentures are made of acrylic material that is softer and more porous than natural teeth leaving them more susceptible to bacteria, fungal growth, and dental plaque formation. Therefore, patients need to be proactive about cleaning.

Keeping your dentures clean is an important part of oral hygiene. It is important to clean food particles or tarter build up on both the acrylic tooth and the plate to prevent bacteria and fungus from growing. Brushing with toothpaste can cause scratching, which can also lead to increased bacterial attachment. Be sure to brush with a denture brush and proper denture cleaner.

It may take up to eight weeks to get used to new dentures, but with a little patience and practice, you too will begin to feel confident and secure with your new dentures.

When should I replace my dentures?
The average lifespan of dentures is five years. Wearing dentures that are over 10 years old can cause irreversible changes to your physiognomy. The longer you go without replacing your dentures the more your appearance and comfort are affected.

What are signs that it’s time to replace my dentures?
If they no longer fit your gums properly, are loose, no longer cut food properly, have yellowed or stained, cause pain or discomfort or make your face look older. Your Denturist is the most qualified to tell you when your dentures need replacing.

What is the difference between a Denturist and a Dentist?
A Denturist manufactures dentures, partials and dentures over implants. They handle every step, from the first impression to the final adjustment. We have an onsite lab to make your custom dentures, cutting out the middleman.

Do I still need an annual exam with dentures?
Your dentures and tissues should be checked annually. Early detection and treatment of inflammations is important in keeping bones and tissues from shrinking.

What are dentures over implants?
Implants are artificial roots that act as anchors to which your denture is attached, providing the stability you need to make chewing easy and comfortable. It also helps with bone density.

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