This varies depending on each individual case. Generally, the lifespan is about 5-10 years
A denture is made when a patient is missing all of their teeth on the upper or lower jaw. These are sometimes referred to as “plates.” The Doctor will take molds of the patient’s mouth and a series of measurements. He or she will then work with a dental laboratory technician to custom-make the denture. The patient should remove the denture(s) nightly and place in water to avoid an oral infection and to properly clean the prosthesis (es).
A partial is more properly known as a partial denture. This is a custom-made appliance that replaces multiple missing teeth. The Doctor will make models of the patient’s teeth and will work with a dental laboratory technician to custom-make the partial denture. The patient should remove the partial nightly and place in water to avoid an oral infection and to properly clean the prosthesis.
A dental implant is a great way to replace a missing tooth or to add stability to a loose denture. The Doctor will place a titanium implant that simulates the root of a tooth into the jawbone. There is then usually a period of healing where the patient’s bone heals around the implant and the implant becomes part of the bone. The Doctor will then take models of the patient’s mouth and have a crown made if the implant is to replace a missing tooth, or the Doctor will fit the patient’s denture to the implants.