How Long Do Dentures Last?

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One of the most common adult dental issues encountered by Dr. Byron Scott at Springhill Dental Center in Mobile, Alabama, is tooth loss. We offer several different solutions, including dentures.

On average, dentures should last 5 to 7 years. If you notice that they are loose or just don’t fit properly anymore, you may need to have them relined or rebased. For our younger patients, dentures may last up to 10 years with proper care.

In this article, we’ll explain more about the benefits of dentures as well as how long you can expect each type to last.

Benefits of Dentures

  • Restores tooth functionality: when you are missing teeth, it’s hard to chew certain foods. Dentures can help restore this ability.
  • Improves smile and boosts confidence: when you are missing teeth, it can be embarrassing to smile. Dentures can improve your smile and boost your confidence.
  • Restore speaking ability: when you are missing teeth, it can be difficult to pronounce certain words, and you may develop a lisp. Dentures can restore your ability to speak clearly.
  • Easy-to-clean: dentures are really easy to clean and maintain. Simply use a soft-bristled toothbrush with non-abrasive toothpaste to clean them. You will also need a denture cleaner to soak them in but make sure to read the directions. Some of these are designed to soak the dentures for a few minutes, and others are designed to be used overnight.
  • Protects remaining natural teeth: if you are only missing a few teeth, you can get a partial to replace those teeth. This will prevent the remaining teeth from shifting and causing problems in your mouth.
  • Budget-friendly: dentures are one of the more affordable tooth replacement options, even when you go for implant-supported dentures.
  • Retains facial shape: when you are missing teeth, your jawbone begins to deteriorate, which causes your face to sag. Dentures can help you retain your facial shape longer, improving your appearance.
  • Prevents oral issues: when you are missing teeth, more of your gums are exposed to bacteria, which can cause gum infections. Dentures keep your gums covered, which prevents bacteria from settling in and causing problems.
  • Long-lasting: dentures are designed to last for a long time, with proper care and maintenance. This includes cleaning them properly and visiting your dentist every 6 months for a check-up.

4 Types of Dentures and Life Expectancy

At Springhill Dental Center in Mobile, Alabama, we offer several different types of dentures. Each type has its own life expectancy.

Immediate Dentures

Immediate or temporary dentures typically last 2 to 3 months. This is a temporary solution while you are waiting for your permanent dentures to be fabricated.

Snap-on Dentures

Snap-on dentures are designed to be temporary and last for approximately 12 to 18 months. This is because repeatedly taking them in and out causes the attachments to wear out, which causes them to be loose and limits their durability.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are designed for patients missing some of their teeth. This type of denture is fairly durable, lasting an average of 15 years. According to the experts, partial dentures should be removed at night to allow your jawbone and gums an opportunity to relax from wearing the dentures all day.

Full Dentures

Patients who are missing all of their teeth due to aging, gum disease, or dental trauma may benefit from full dentures. In most cases, full dentures last approximately 5 to 10 years. After this, they will likely need to be replaced or potentially relined.

Are You Interested in Getting Dentures?

If you are missing some or all of your teeth, dentures might be a good solution. If you are in Mobile, Alabama, schedule an appointment with Dr. Scott and the team at Springhill Dental Center. We have the experience and expertise to take care of any and all of your dental needs.

Dr. Scott has served Mobile, Alabama, since the late 1970s. He is active in the community, and he values his patients. He takes his time with his patients, helping them understand their condition and the appropriate treatments. He will also take the time to learn more about the patient and their goals and expectations for treatment.

We are located on Springhill Avenue and our office hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. We look forward to helping you solve your dental needs.

What our Patients say about us


My visit was incredible. I had my “All on Four” appliances cleaned, and it was a painless and thorough experience. Dr. Scott and all his staff are very friendly. During the cleaning, Mary was gentle and let me know everything she was doing and how it would feel. She gave me tips on how to clean my implants/appliances better and gave me a small brush to do the underside more effectively. Dr. Scott and Mary suggest cleanings take place every 3 months so I will be back in December.

Bette D.
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Meet Dr. Byron C. Scott

Dr. Byron Scott is a highly-trained and accomplished dentist. He attended The University of Alabama School of Dentistry and subsequently completed numerous Advanced Studies and Trainings. Dr. Scott is Board-Certified by The Academy of General Dentistry and has earned Mastership status (MAGD), an honor shared by only 1% of dentists. He has numerous memberships and associations, including Diplomate status with The American Board of Oral Implantology (D-ABOI) and The International Congress of Oral Implantologists (D-ICOI). Overall, Dr. Scott has dedicated his life and career to helping patients improve their oral health through expert dentistry. His goal is to help each patient keep their smile healthy, attractive, and comfortable for the duration of their lifetime.

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