As much as you wish your sent of dentures was a one-time purchase, chances are, you will need another set. It is recommended that dentures be replaced every 4-6 years, but the replacement rate is generally 5-10 years. The difference is due to a variety of factors, but if you are noticing any problems with your dentures, you need to address the issue(s) quickly.
While the size and shape of your gumline and jawbone changes over time, your dentures do not. Gum tissue can pull back and shrink. It is soft tissue; it is pliable and suspectable to physical changes. Dentures are made of rigid materials that do not change size or shape; thus, they may no longer fit once oral changes take place. If anything, normal wear alone constitutes the need for replacing dentures.
Signs that It's Time for Replacement
If you have dentures, your dentist will check their fit and condition during regular office visits. Between visits, there are a few signs that indicate it's time to replace your dentures. If the teeth begin to look too large or long, there is noticeable discoloration, you have chronic bad breath, or notice an unpleasant taste in your mouth, it's time to get a new set.
If your dentures no longer fit properly or feel painful it is time to replace them. This happens when gum tissue shrinks thus alters the fit of your dentures. Please do not just “deal with it” and keep wearing them. Ill-fitting dentures can lead to cuts, sores, and an entire host of oral problems. Even with pristine care, these natural processes mean dentures will need to be replaced. Think of it as eyesight getting better or worse and needing new glasses. If you are seeing any of these warning signs, or just want to get a professional opinion about the condition of your dentures, we are ready to help.