Langebaan Dentist - Tandarts


I have dentures now.  How long should they last?  When should I replace them?

Q.     How long do dentures last?

A.     Dentures do not last a lifetime.

  • The average lifespan of any denture is usually 5 to 8 years.
  • The condition of a person's mouth changes with age, health, weight gain or weight loss.
  • Denture teeth may wear down, causing excess stress on the denture and possible fracturing.
  • Denture teeth worn down too far can be the cause of TMJ (joint pain) problems

Q.     How do I know when I should replace my dentures?

A.     There are many indications that your dentures are not serving you well anymore.

  • Dentures may feel loose.
  • Denture teeth may be very worn
  • You may find it difficult to eat certain foods
  • Your face may look older or sunken in as you begin to lack support around your mouth
  • Your dentures may cause discomfort or pain
  • Wearing old, ill-fitting dentures can cause damage to your mouth, damage that may be irreversible.

Q.     Why does my new denture feel different?

A.     Dentures are custom-made and constructed to fit and function properly at the time they were made.  You may have acquired ways of working with your old denture due to extreme wear or improper fit.  You may need time to become accustomed to your new denture.

  • Your tongue may have to adjust to its new space
  • You may feel like you are biting your cheek
  • Your mouth may fill with saliva
  • Your voice may sound different
  • Foods may taste different and you may have to chew differently.
  • You may experience sore spots.

       Give yourself time to become comfortable with your new dentures.   Sometimes minor adjustments are required to make your denture feel and function better. 

Q.     How long does it take to adjust to my new dentures?

A.     Generally you should be comfortable with your new dentures in a day or two.

  • Start with softer foods for a few days.
  • Chew small quantities of food at a time and chew on both sides of your mouth.
  • Speak slowly.