We know that traditional dentures are not intended to be lifetime restorations. They need to be replaced regularly. But you might have been hoping to get eight years or more out of a pair of dentures, but now your denture is worn down, uneven, or broken after just a few years of wear. Why?
Here are some reasons why your dentures might have gotten worn out too fast.
Inappropriate Use or Care
Let’s get this out of the way up front. Dentures are intended to be used only for wearing in your mouth and chewing food. If you had bad habits that weren’t good for your natural teeth, like using your teeth as tools, chewing on nonfood objects, or clenching and grinding your teeth, this will shorten the lifespan of your dentures.
It’s also important to take proper care of your dentures. Clean them with approved materials as often as recommended. Store them in water when they’re not in your mouth. If you aren’t doing this, it will shorten the lifespan of your dentures.
But if you’re taking good care of your dentures, there are other reasons why dentures might wear out too quickly.
Many dentures aren’t made with durable materials. Most dentures are made with made with polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) for the base, but cheap dentures also use this material for the teeth. This material can be relatively durable for the denture base, but if it’s used for the teeth, they can wear out more quickly.
And not all PMMA is the same. Many cheap denture manufacturers cut corners by using a lower-density PMMA, which may contribute to wear, as well as make your dentures more likely to stain or pick up odors.
These cheap materials are especially likely to wear out if you have only one denture opposing natural teeth.
If dentures don’t fit properly, they are going to experience more wear. Dentures that slide around in the mouth can impact one another in ways that increase the forces on the dentures. This can accelerate denture wear. In some cases, bad fit can lead to fulcruming, which will cause dentures to break in half right in your mouth.
Bad fit may be the fault of your denture dentist. If dentures aren’t properly fitted to begin with, they’ll be loose and can wear out or break quickly. But bad fit can also occur as a result of your body resorbing bone under the denture. This is a natural process, and it’s up to you to get your dentures relined regularly to maintain a snug fit.
The two factors can reinforce one another. Poorly fitted dentures can increase the rate of bone loss under the denture. This causes your dentures to lose fit more rapidly, which then leads to more damage to the denture.
Ideally, your dentures should experience balanced forces distributed across the entire denture. This reduces wear and helps your dentures last a long time. However, if your bite is naturally imbalanced, it can put force on your dentures unevenly, causing them to wear unevenly.
Once uneven wear starts, it increases the imbalance in your bite, which can accelerate uneven wear. This shortens the life of your dentures. In some cases, the poor fit of dentures may cause a bad bite that leads to TMJ.
Your denture dentist should be able to identify a bite imbalance and craft dentures to ensure an even bite. In some cases, this may require the support provided by implant dentures. But if your current dentist doesn’t have the training or tools to diagnose or treat a bad bite, they may not be able to help you.
Dentures Designed to Last
If you’re tired of dentures that wear out too fast, we want you to understand that some dentures are made to last. Like FOY ® Dentures, which are made with high-quality materials and expertly fitted by well-trained dentists.
To get long-lasting, quality dentures, contact a local FOY ® Dentures dentist today.