If you’ve ever lost a tooth, getting dentures may have crossed your mind. They can be a good solution to a tricky problem, but while there are many advantages, it is important to know all of the disadvantages as well. Do keep in mind, however, that many of the disadvantages are usually temporary inconveniences only. For many people, the pros far outweigh the cons. After consulting with your dentist, decide for yourself if dentures are right for you.
Dentures support the muscles of the face, sometimes providing a more youthful appearance.
Modern dentures are more comfortable, and look more like natural teeth than those made with older technologies and materials.
Removable dentures are the least expensive teeth replacements in the market, which makes them a good option if you’re strapped for cash. Those made of plastic are often more affordable than porcelain ones.
Disadvantages of Dentures
Dentures can take a long time to be made. It is not a simple process that can be done in one visit. If you want your dentures to fit right (and you do!), it will take several visits to get your dentures properly fitted. Your dentist will be able give you an estimation of the time it will take to prepare those.
There’s an adjustment period before getting used to wearing dentures. They feel strange in the mouth at first, and can cause soreness and excess saliva. Pronunciation of some sounds takes practice.
You will need to learn how to eat with dentures. Chewing feels a little different. Unlike real teeth, which are sensitive to temperature and texture, dentures are not sensitive to hot or cold foods, nor are they sensitive to hard or sharp pieces of food.
There may be some slipping. One common denture problem is that the false teeth can slip out of position occasionally, especially lower dentures that tend to move more. This is usually corrected by biting down softly and swallowing.
Dentures must be cared for. They are fragile. You will need to learn how to insert the dentures correctly so as not to damage them. You will, of course, need to develop the proper cleaning routine, as well as what to do when storing them away at night, but a bit more on that later.
According to the American Dental Association, as dentures wear out, and as your mouth and jaw change over the years, dentures may eventually need adjusting or replacing.
You have to visit with your dentist to determine if dentures are right for you, and you need to know how to take care of them correctly. Dentures should be kept clean, not just to keep them white, but to keep your mouth clean and healthy. Brush the dentures at least once a day, and ideally each time after eating, with a soft-bristled toothbrush, or a special denture-cleaning brush shaped especially for the curves and angles of these fixtures. Your dentist can provide you with more information on the best denture-cleaning products to use.
How to Care for Dentures
Rinse loose residue or particles from the dentures.
When not in use, store dentures in cool water (never hot!), or a denture cleanser soaking solution to prevent warping. Do not let them dry out.
In addition to the daily brushing, you may also use an ultrasonic cleaner.
Never drop dentures, which are quite fragile, onto a hard surface. Also, keep out of the reach of children.
If any part of the dentures break or need adjusting, never adjust or fix them yourself as a cost saving measure or for convenience. See your dentist. In the long run, it’s cheaper and safer.
No matter what you choose, make sure you take the time to thoroughly research the pros and cons of each choice. To learn more about dentures, and decide what you should choose, get in touch with your dentist.