Many people believe that dentures are an inevitability. But changes in dentistry are leading to people keeping their natural teeth longer. Working to keep your own teeth healthy will make you more likely to have them for the rest of your life.
Sure, you can take your teeth for granted and assume a denture is the dental procedure to end all dental procedures.
Before you do, take a minute to consider how a denture could actually bring about other concerns that you hadn’t considered.
This Doesn’t Taste As Good As I Remembered . . .
An upper denture in particular is good at blocking your ability to taste foods. Things will seem a lot less flavorful after you get dentures. Bummer.
Bite Down. Now Lighten Up By 90%.
If you get dentures, you can expect your bite force to be about a tenth of what it is right now. That makes a big difference in what you’ll be able to chew with ease. You’d have to cut everything up into tiny bites or restrict your diet to nutrient-poor or soft foods.
Your Smile Changes Over Time
With years of wear, the pressure of a denture on the gums causes the bone underneath to resorb. Gradually, your mouth takes on a sunken-in look. This can age your appearance and make it harder to get your denture to fit.
Really Less Work?
You might think daily brushing and flossing for natural teeth is a pill. You’re not off the hook when it comes to denture care. They require daily brushing and soaking plus frequent maintenance appointments.
The bottom line? Show love to the teeth you’ve got. Don’t rush to get them pulled. If you need to replace missing teeth, there may be better options such as dental implants or an implant supported dental bridge. Talk to your dentist about what tooth replacement options are best for you.
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