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Are Dentures the Right Choice for Me?

Needing to have a big dental procedure is scary for most people. Having to make the decision of whether or not to get that procedure done is the first, frightening step. Falling into that category is deciding if dentures are needed or not. Let’s discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of dentures, so anyone can decide if they are the right choice. We’ll start with the advantages.

Dentures are custom fit to the patient’s mouth. This means, they’re molded to comfortably fit the person’s mouth, look like your natural smile, and improve on any aspects they’re not happy with. This can give the patient a boost of confidence regarding their smile.

Dentures are a great solution to a multitude of dental problems. If a person has just a few missing teeth or decaying teeth, they can be fitted for partial dentures. Partial dentures fill in the gaps for these few teeth. When more than a few teeth need to be replaced, a full set of dentures are a better option. Full sets take the place of both the upper and lower sets of teeth. Once the patient has the dentures fitted and inserted, they’ll allow the wearer to eat all of the foods they may not have been able to eat before. They are sturdy and uphold to everyday chewing.

Dentures are often a more affordable means of correcting missing teeth than dental implants. Implants are a more in-depth procedure where a screw is used to affix an implant to the jaw bone. Because of this, it is more costly than having dentures fitted. Dentures can be more affordable depending on whether a full or partial set is necessary.

Now let’s discuss disadvantages.

Dentures require constant care. Because they are made of materials that are not as strong as natural teeth, they can wear down quickly. Proper care for dentures is a necessity in order to lengthen use and prevent infection. Daily cleanings and dental check-ups are vital. These check-ups will ensure correct care is being taken to maintain denture function and fit.

Dentures can be a strange, foreign feeling in the patient’s mouth while they are adjusting to them. It may take a while for the dentist to adjust dentures so they fit as best as they can. Some people may also experience a clicking sound while chewing, which can be unpleasant. This is caused by the dentures tendency to move around the mouth. Once the patient becomes accustomed to having dentures. However, this may not be as much of a disadvantage as when they are new.

Discuss whether dentures are the right choice for you with one of our dentists today.