Could it be time for replacement dentures?
With the correct care, you can keep your dentures looking and feeling good for longer, but there will come a time when even the most cared for dentures will need to be replaced. Dentists recommended getting new dentures every 5-8 years. When exactly they will need replacing will depend on the level of wear and tear, how often the dentures have been repaired and the natural changes that have occurred in your mouth.
It is common for dentures to become lose every couple of years, but depending on the age and state of your dentures, this doesn’t necessarily mean a replacement, it could be that a denture reline or a denture adjustment could rectify the problem and get your dentures fitting nice and snug once more.
Adjusting to replacement dentures
If the time has come for a replacement, then this is an excellent opportunity to address any problems you may be having with your existing dentures, talk them through with an expert and consider alternative options available to you. There are many types of dentures and denture implants available, and a lot can change in 5-8 years. So it may be time to try something better suited to your current situation.
Even if you get the same type of denture again, you may find that they feel strange at first. Your mouth and your new dentures need to get to know each other! However, as a seasoned denture wearer, you will appreciate that will a little time and patience, the long-term benefits are worth a little short-term inconvenience. It’s probably been a long time since you first received your last dentures though, so to remind yourself of what you can expect, have a look at our New Dentures Advice page.