When you first replaced your teeth with dentures, you probably felt as though they were a permanent solution that would last forever. While it’s true that dentures can last a while with proper care, the normal lifespan of traditional dentures is actually only 5 to 10 years. So, how do you know if it’s time to replace your dentures? And how can you make your dentures last as long as possible?
At Jovan Prosthodontics in Round Rock, TX, we’re specially trained in the creation and maintenance of dentures. Unlike other practices, we have an on-site lab and in-house technician. You’ll be able to communicate with the technician making your prosthetic and be involved in its fabrication! Plus, you won’t have to wait weeks for your dentures to ship from an out-of-state lab.
Read on to learn about denture adjustment, replacement, and maintenance. Then, if you’re considering a denture upgrade or simply have questions about your prosthetic, give us a call at (512) 937-1398.
How Do You Know If It’s Time To Replace Your Dentures?
If it feels like your dentures no longer fit well, it may be time to replace your dentures. Long-term denture wearers often experience changes in their jaw over time. If you feel as if your dentures are loose, give us a call. Continuing to wear ill-fitting dentures can be inconvenient since they’ll be more likely to slip out when you’re eating or speaking. But they can also contribute to irritation and even infection and oral sores.
Sometimes, dentures don’t need to be fully replaced. A simple relining or rebasing can restore the fit of your dentures. When dentures are relined, your dentist adds new material to the underside of the denture base to improve the fit. With rebasing, the artificial teeth from the old dentures are fitted to a new base entirely.
If you’re living with ill-fitting dentures, give us a call. You may have seen do-it-yourself denture reline kits in big box stores, but the only way to ensure your dentures will fit correctly in the end is to leave adjusting your dentures to the pros. Plus, having your dentures professionally adjusted as needed can extend the life of your dentures and save you money in the long run.
What If I’m Unhappy With My Dentures And Just Want Something Different?
Jovan Prosthodontics can help you out there too. We’re proud to offer dental implant dentures, which allow denture-wearers to ditch the denture adhesives and experience greater confidence in their prosthetic.
Dental implant dentures affix a removable denture to a series of dental implants. This allows you to experience the security of dental implants and the comfort of a removable denture. It’s the best of both worlds!
If you’re looking for something even more reliable, we offer a game-changing teeth replacement solution called All-On-4® dental implants. As the name suggests, this involves anchoring a full dental arch of artificial teeth to just four dental implants!
Unlike dental implant dentures, All-On-4 dental implants can only be removed by your dentist. This means you’ll be able to eat all your favorite foods without fear, and your prosthetic will be incredibly natural-looking and life-like!
How Can I Make My Dentures Last As Long As Possible?
Proper care of your dentures is key to making them last as long as possible. This includes:
- Removing and rinsing your dentures after eating. This will remove food debris that could otherwise stick to your gums and attract the bacteria responsible for gum disease.
- Clean your mouth after removing your dentures. You can do this by using a soft-bristled toothbrush or gauze to clean the inside of your mouth, including your tongue and gums. Take care to remove any denture adhesive caught in the grooves of your gums.
- Brush your dentures at least once a day. Just make sure you’re using a brush that’s specially made for dentures. Regular toothbrushes are too abrasive and can damage dentures.
- Soak your dentures overnight in water or a mild denture solution. Never soak your dentures in hot water, as it could warp them and cause them to fit incorrectly. Then, rinse the denture thoroughly in water before putting them back in your mouth.
- Avoid using products containing bleach to clean your dentures. Stick to designated denture cleaners, and when in doubt, ask your dentist.
Another way to keep your dentures looking and feeling great for years to come? Partner with the specialists at Jovan Prosthodontics. During your routine visits, we’ll assess the fit and function of your dentures and make adjustments if needed.