The Canadian Dental Association reports that tooth loss is one of the most common oral diseases seen in both Canada and around the world. Dentures, therefore, need to be in the plan for many aging Canadians.
But when it comes to getting new dentures, how do you know they'll last? How long should you expect to use your dentures?
That's what we're here to look at today. Read on to find out more about what dentures are and how long implant dentures will last on average.
Types of Implant Dentures
There are two forms of implant dentures you need to know about. Before making your final decision, your denturist will discuss your options and help you choose the one that works best for your current needs.
The first form of implant dentures is a fixed denture attached to implant posts in your mouth. If you find that your dentures need repair or general cleaning, it's essential you see your denturist as soon as possible. These type of denture over implants are created to fit your jaws, specifically the arch within your mouth and are made in collaboration with dental surgeons.
The other form of denture over implant is a removable one, which can be attached and detached by patient as needed.
The thing to note about denture over implants is that they last longer than conventional dentures.
How Long Do They Last?
Several factors affect how long your implant supported dentures will last, including:
The fit of your dentures
Denture wear and tear
Strength of your dentures
When the strength of the implant is compromised, it can affect the longevity of your dentures. Wear and tear are also a factor in determining how long the dentures will last.
This includes how often you have your dentures maintained and doing things like relining the dentures to ensure maximum comfort when they're worn.
If you're someone who regularly and carefully maintains your denture, implants can last pretty much a lifetime, while dentures can last 7-10 years. This means following your surgeons’ recommendations for cleaning your implants properly.
However, this also means that you see a denturist regularly and take exceptional care of your dentures.
How to Care for Denture over Implants
Much like your actual teeth, you need to clean your dentures. Cleaning your dentures, ensures removal of any food wedged between the teeth.
Using an irrigator can be beneficial in dislodging food particles that you weren't able to loosen by rinsing your mouth. Depending on your personal preferences, you might choose to use a tooth brush, the irrigator, or both.
Lastly, if you notice something is wrong with your dentures, schedule an appointment to see your denturist to have it remedied immediately.
Implant Dentures 101
Implant dentures are beneficial for several reasons, but the real question was how long they can last. With the proper care and regular visits to your denturist, you'll increase the longevity of your dentures.