Dentures are designed to last an average of about 5 to 10 years. However, this can vary from one patient to another. In some cases, when properly maintained and cared for, they may last significantly longer. However, in cases where they are not properly maintained and cared for, the lifespan may be much shorter.
In addition to care and maintenance, other factors can impact the lifespan of dentures including the type of denture, the materials of the denture, and changes in the patient’s oral health.
Dentures are just one of the tooth replacement solutions offered at Capitol Square Dental in Columbus, OH. This article explains what you need to know about this solution.
What are Dentures?
Tooth loss is common in adults and can be due to a variety of reasons from genetics to tooth decay and other oral health issues to trauma and more. Dentures are removable dental appliances designed to replace some or all missing natural teeth to restore oral function and appearance.
Types of Dentures and Their Cost
There are several different types of dentures:
Full dentures, also referred to as complete dentures, are designed to replace a full arch of missing teeth. On average, the cost of full dentures ranges from around $1,000 to $3,000+ per arch.
Partial dentures are designed to fill in the gaps when some healthy natural teeth are remaining. On average, the cost of partial dentures ranges from around $700 to $2,500+ depending on the materials used and the complexity of the partial.
Implant-supported dentures are anchored to dental implants, which offer improved stability and function. On average, the cost of implant-supported dentures ranges from around $5,000 to $10,000+ per arch based on the type of denture and the number of implants required.
Immediate dentures are placed following tooth extraction to act as a bandage and make the transition to dentures easier. On average, immediate dentures range from around $1,500 to $3,500+ per arch.
Custom dentures are designed to fit perfectly and are typically fabricated from higher-quality materials. On average, the cost of custom dentures ranges from around $2,000 to $4,000+ per arch.
Economy dentures are more affordable but are not as comfortable or aesthetically pleasing as other options. On average, the cost of economy dentures ranges from around $300 to $1,000+ per arch.
Overdentures are designed to fit over remaining natural teeth or dental implants. On average, the cost for overdentures ranges from around $1,500 to $4,000+ per arch.
Factors Affecting Denture Longevity
Several factors can impact the lifespan of dentures, including:
- Proper care and maintenance
- Proper oral hygiene habits
- Jawbone deterioration, leading to changes in mouth and jaw shape
- Quality of materials
- Type of denture
- Regular dental check-ups and adjustments
- Daily wear and tear
Average Lifespan of Dentures
The average lifespan of a set of dentures is about 5 to 10 years. However, properly maintained and cared for dentures may last a bit longer while poorly maintained and cared for dentures may not last as long as expected.
Signs That Dentures Need Replacement
There are several indicators that your dentures may need to be replaced, including:
- Noticeable wear and tear
- Difficulty chewing and/or speaking
- Poor fit
- Oral sores/infections
- Changes in facial appearance
Common Issues with Dentures
The most common issues with dentures include discomfort, speech issues, difficulty eating, and sore spots. Typically, these issues can be resolved with a reline. However, if you have had your dentures for some time, it may be time to consider a replacement.
When to Replace Your Dentures
On average, dentures last about 5 to 10 years- possibly longer with proper care and maintenance. However, no matter how long you have had them, if they are no longer functional, aesthetically pleasing, or comfortable, you should consider replacing them.
Schedule Your Denture Consultation with Capitol Square Dental Today
The team at Capitol Square Dental in Columbus, OH would love to help you restore the appearance and functionality of your smile. If you are missing some or all of your natural teeth, dentures may be a great choice. Consider scheduling a denture consultation with our expert dentist today to learn more.
If you have any questions or concerns about dentures, the team at Capitol Square Dental will be glad to help. We believe that education is key to our patients’ treatment. Below are a few of the most often-asked questions.
How often should dentures be removed?
Dentures should be removed daily for cleaning and before bed to allow your gums to rest.
Can you sleep with dentures in?
While a nap from time to time is acceptable, it’s best if you do not sleep with your dentures in. Your mouth needs time to rest from the pressure of the dentures, and your dentures need to be cleaned.
Is there anything you cannot eat with dentures?
When you get dentures, you may need to make some modifications to your diet. Foods that are sticky, hard, or tough can be difficult to eat. You may want to avoid them.
What drinks to avoid with dentures?
Extremely hot beverages should be avoided because they can cause damage to the denture material. Acidic and/or sugary drinks should also be avoided because they can cause or contribute to oral health issues.
How much does a denture cost?
The cost of dentures varies based on several factors including the type of denture, materials the denture is made of, and more. A set of complete dentures can range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. Partial dentures are typically less expensive since they are not designed to replace a full arch. The cost of implant-supported dentures is typically higher because of the implants.