Dentures carry a lot of benefits. They are cheap and easy for dentists to make and they give you back your smile. Thanks to your dentist, dentures in North York offer a standard of quality you can rely on. However, your dentures won’t last forever, and the length of their life depends on how well you take care of them.
That’s why your dentist wants to give you a few tips to help them last longer. While we can make new dentures, we want to make sure you get the best value possible.
How Long Do Dentures Last?
The life of dentures depends heavily on how well they’re cared for. On average, dentures will last you 5 to 7 years before needing to be replaced. Luckily, dentures can last much longer than that if you take the proper steps to clean them and keep them out of harm’s way.
Keep in mind that the tissue in your mouth and jawbone is constantly changing, so your dentures will require periodic adjusting and rebasing. This will help you maintain a secure and comfortable fit. Don’t try to adjust it on your own as this could weaken them or permanently change their shape.
What are Some Ways to Make Them Last Longer?
One of the most effective ways to make your dentures last is to see your dentist every 6 months for an exam. They can check your bone, gums, and bite to make sure the denture fits properly. Once they reline and refit your denture, their life can be extended.
While dentures can handle the foods you eat, it can still easily crack or break, especially if dropped into a porcelain sink. Put a towel or other soft material while you clean it to avoid it directly knocking against the sink. If you have pets, especially dogs, make sure your dentures are out of their reach when you’re not wearing them. Dogs love using dentures, mouthguards, and other oral appliances as chew toys.
Cleaning and Maintaining Your Dentures
Just like natural teeth, dentures need to be routinely cleaned to make them last. This is meant to remove food debris trapped in the deep crevices of dentures as well as plaque build-up and stains. Use a brush specifically designed to brush dentures as normal toothbrushes can scratch them. Avoid using toothpaste to clean them as it contains abrasives that harm dentures.
Instead of toothpaste, use hand soap or a mild dishwashing liquid to avoid wearing down your dentures too quickly. Consider purchasing an ultrasonic cleaner, which uses sound waves and water to loosen food deposits, making regular brushing easier. When you’re not wearing dentures, keep them in a container filled with either cool, plain water or denture cleanser to prevent them from drying out and losing their shape. Never use warm water as this can easily alter their shape.
Now you can make your dentures last longer than ever before. To learn more about proper denture care, schedule an appointment with your dentist in North York today!
About the Author
Dr. Shem-Tov obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto. He eventually entered the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario and earned his DDS. To learn more about full/partial dentures or his practice, contact him at (416) 494-7878 or visit his website.