How long should dentures last?

Question from reader:

I read that dentures should last 10 to 15 years. Is this true?Denture questions answered

The American Dental Association recommends replacing your dentures every 5 to 7 years.

One consistent observation I have made with patients who have worn their dentures 10 years plus, is the over-closure of the bite. (Nose & chin are too close together). This mal-occlusion can develop the prognathic bite. (When you close your teeth together your lower teeth will be out in front of your uppers). These problems occur with porcelain teeth as well as acrylic.

For this reason, it is not advisable to wear your dentures longer than The American Dental Association recommends.

One major problem is bone loss and bone that is lost will not grow back.  If you decide to have dentures made by a person who said that dentures should last 10 to 15 years, get that guarantee in writing.

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David Chiovelli, D.D., L.D.

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