When Does a Denture Need Replacing?

Many people believe that dentures last forever! Dentures Should Be Replaced Every Five Years. Wearing dentures for more than five years without having them checked could be harmful to your health.

A consultation with your Denturist to have your dentures checked and cleaned could prevent problems in the future.


Your face, jaw and tissues change over the years, but your prosthesis does not. Your dentures are made of a stable and rigid material and cannot adapt to these physical changes. Here are some of the signs indicating that your prosthesis should be checked:

  • sore and irritated tissues
  • problems with chewing certain foods, indigestion problems
  • thinning lips, sagging mouth, a change in facial features
  • loose, falling out when speaking or laughing
  • has discolored or has an odor
  • softening of the tissues
  • headaches, neck, or ear pain
  • bone (ridge) loss
  • your partial is kept in your pocket most of the time

These changes happen gradually and are mostly imperceptible to you. Your appearance and comfort are compromised the longer you delay replacing your prosthesis.
Your denturist is the most qualified person to tell you when a denture needs replacing.

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Helpful Denture Information
Ask Your Denturist
 for assistance with your insurer. MOST INSURANCE COMPANIES ALLOW DENTURE REPLACEMENT EVERY 5 YEARS. If your current dentures are five years or older they may need replacing. Ask your Denturist for an assessment of your current dentures. Quality replacement dentures can improve your health and appearance.