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Like natural teeth, dentures may get worn out over time. Through natural wear over the years, dentures may become loose or warped. Also, dentures may start to fit improperly as your gums and bone change as you get older. Because of this, it's likely that you'll have to have your dentures replaced or re-adjusted eventually. Sometimes dentists can simply make a new base for your existing dentures to make them fit better. Other times, new dentures may need to be made. It's important to talk to your dentist if you notice your dentures aren't fitting well or are getting worn down, because dentures that don't fit properly can lead to sores, infections, and other problems.
Saul Miller, Dentistry, answered
When you have dentures it is essential that you have annual examinations, to evaluate your oral mucosa and the dentures. The mouth is examined for changes including color changes, sore areas, inflammation, growths and anything that appears to be not within normal limits. The dentures are checked for cleanliness, wear, fractures and proper fit.
If the problems are noted, the dentist will advise the appropriate treatment which may include repair, reline and/or adjustment. There are times, however, when no repair, reline or adjustment will improve or correct the situation. The only right thing to do is replace the denture(s).
Your original denture (or any denture) will not necessarily be your last. You must know that changes can occur that you may not feel or know. These include inflammation of the ridge mucosa, restoration of the supporting ridges, and wear of the bite to the point that your mouth appears over closed. Find out about the health of your mouth and status of your dentures so that your can function as well as possible and look as good as possible.
Jennifer Robb, DMD, Dentistry, answered
Yes. Once you've lost your teeth, the underlying bone constantly changes. As the bone shrinks, your denture will not fit as well as it did at first.
Using your dentures will often wear down the denture teeth and decrease your chewing ability, which is another reason to replace them.
Dentures may also crack, chip or break if they are dropped. Severe damage may require replacement rather than repair.
Jerry Gordon, Dentistry, answeredThe jaw tends to shrink over time as a denture is worn, making the denture unstable. The denture can also become damaged, with the teeth becoming chipped or eroded. I recommend a new denture be made about once every seven years.