How long will my denture last?
The average life of a denture is 7 to 10 years. Dentures can last longer than this, however, the shape of your mouth will change and an old denture harbours bacteria that could cause oral health issues.
Since your denture is in use nearly every hour of every day, it will need regular servicing. This will help it function at its best and last for as long as possible. Throughout your life your jawbone will change its shape. Alteration to the bite occurs as the jawbone shrinks. This makes chewing a little harder, the denture becoming looser, and generally the denture will feel less comfortable.
This can all be addressed by your denture specialist and as with many things, the sooner it is fixed the better the result will be.
How do I know when it is time for a new denture?
Most dentures will continue to function well during their life span if regularly checked and adjusted – usually annually. During this time it may be necessary to "reline" a denture. This involves processing in a new fitting surface that will improve the fit. "Eases" may be necessary to ensure comfort.
Artificial teeth are not as strong as natural teeth and will wear with time. Worn dentures cannot be fixed or rebuilt. If your denture is worn and it is impacting daily function, it will need to be replaced.
Bacterial builds up in even the most carefully cleaned denture so it is recommended that it is replaced every 7 to 10 years. It is important to have annual oral examinations. The incidence of oral cancer rivals cervical and skin cancer. Denture wearers need to be extra careful from an oral health perspective.
Contact your dental clinician if you experience any of the following symptoms – it may be time for a new denture:
- Difficulty eating
- Biting your cheek
- Speech difficulties
- Redness or inflammation
- Clicking sounds
- General discomfort when wearing your denture
- Cracked corners of your mouth
What colour will my new teeth be?
The choice is yours and we will work with you to make your teeth colour look as natural as possible. We have a good range of colours and shades.
Will my new dentures look like I'm not wearing dentures at all?
We work hard to make your new teeth look as natural as possible.
How long before I can start wearing my new dentures?
It depends on the time between appointments and the number of "try-ins" while the dentures are in the wax stage. While the dentures are in wax we can easily make changes, so it is important not to rush this process. Only when you are 100% satisfied with the look of your new smile will we proceed to the final stage of processing. We work hard to get you smiling as fast as possible!
What happens if my denture breaks?
There is no need to panic if your denture is breaks. In most cases we can repair it for you on the same day within 2 to 3 hours.