How long do cosmetic dentures last?

If you are considering dentures to replace missing teeth, you may be wondering how long cosmetic dentures last. It’s a question many people have. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, 40 million Americans are missing all of their teeth. And 41 million Americans had dentures in 2020. That’s because some of us are only missing our uppers or lowers.

There are two types of cosmetic dentures

If you are considering dentures to replace lost teeth, there are two distinct types:

Implant Secured Dentures

Implant secured dentures are a permanent solution. Implant secured dentures are structurally and visually appealing. For severe tooth loss, four or six titanium implants are surgically placed in your jawbone.

Dental implants provide a sturdy and stable chewing function. That’s because dental implants act as the roots of your teeth. They help maintain your jawbone and enhance chewing function. The All-on-4 or All-on-6 implants fuse with your jawbone. Dentures snap onto the implants. It’s a secure fit; no need for messy adhesives.

How long do implant-secured dentures last?
Dental implants, which are titanium posts, fuse to your jawbone. With proper care, dental implants last a lifetime. Your cosmetic dentures that snap into place experience daily wear and tear just like natural teeth.

Dr. Frahm uses cosmetic dentures are made of porcelain. This is because porcelain dentures are the most durable and stain resistant. Your cosmetic dentures can have a lifespan of over 20 years with the right care.

Custom-fit traditional dentures and economy dentures.

To replace top teeth, a top denture sits on a base that spans your palate. Lower dentures, on the other hand, are shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate your tongue. Both are secured with adhesive that needs to be refreshed a few times a day.

How long do traditional dentures last?
Traditional partial and full dentures typically last between five and 15 years. These dentures are harder on the mouth and don’t prevent bone deterioration. This can cause changes to the structural integrity of your jaw and ultimately lead to an improper fit, abrasions, and pain. Plus, it’s just hard to chew with traditional dentures.

How to extend the lifespan of your dentures

Following a simple oral care and cleaning routine to prevent plaque and food buildup prolongs the lifespan of any type of denture. Follow these basic tips on a regular basis:

  • Rinse your dentures with warm water after eating.
  • Brush your dentures daily with a denture brush and denture cleanser.
  • Submerge your dentures in mild soapy water at night.

For detailed denture cleaning tips, read Cosmetic denture homecare and follow up.

With a little TLC, your All-on-4 and All-on-6 implants and traditional dentures will last a decade or longer. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Frahm for a denture consultation at 831-372-8011. Also, don’t forget to schedule regular dental checkups to ensure your dentures fit properly and to maintain bone and gum health over the long term.

About Dr. Frahm

Dr. Frahm received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 2003. She completes more than 100 hours of postdoctoral training each year; earning recognition from dental experts around the country for her knowledge in the areas of cosmetic, general and restorative dentistry. Dr. Frahm is committed to providing you with excellent, comprehensive dental care. Dr. Frahm uses advanced dental techniques and technology to ensure your comfort and lasting results.

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