If you’ve lost one or more teeth, dentures are the simplest and most economical approach to replace them. They have limitations, to be sure, but for many people, they are the right solution. And modern dentures can be much better than dentures of the past. If you are considering your tooth replacement options, it’s important to consider them before making your decision.
In their most basic form, dentures are one or more replacement teeth that are set in a base which sits on your gums. They can help restore some of the functions of your teeth. If they’re well-made, you should be able to:
- Maintain a comfortable, healthy jaw position
Modern dentures can be very attractive, if you invest in quality materials and workmanship. Many dentists and clinics offer cheap ones that may look fake and unattractive. If your smile matters to you, make sure you ask about the quality of dentures you’re buying.
Most people with dentures chew better with them than they do without them. This is important because it makes sure that people can continue to eat a diverse, healthy diet as they get older, which can help them stay healthier for longer.
They can also help you keep your jaws in the right place. If you removed your teeth and don’t replace them, your mouth collapses, which can impact your facial appearance and can cause jaw pain, neck pain, and other TMJ symptoms.
Although they can provide a basic solution to the problem of lost teeth, many people find they are not desirable because of their limitations. Dentures:
- Reduce your bite force
- Often slide out of place
- Can be painful
- Are bulky
- Break or wear out too soon
- Can be difficult to maintain
Your teeth are anchored in your jawbone, but dentures usually aren’t. Traditional dentures sit on top of your gums, which are not supposed to take the force of biting. This means that people with them have half the bite force of natural teeth–or less, and that can limit the foods you can eat.It can also make it hard to speak clearly.
Because they just sit on your gums, they tend to slide around in your mouth. That makes it hard to bite
Between the extra force on your gums and sliding around in your mouth, dentures can irritate your gums and can cause a lot of pain. Because of the associated discomfort, many people don’t like wearing them all day.
Bulk also make them unpleasant. Many people find that they always feel they have something foreign in their mouth when they wear them. Sometimes it can even make them gag just to wear. Some get over this problem with time, but others never do.
They are not typically made out of durable materials like dental implants. As a result, they often wear out or break too soon.
Denture maintenance is a nuisance. It is recommended that you take dentures out to clean after every meal, and they have to be thoroughly brushed every night, followed by an overnight soak. Not properly cleaning dentures can cause them to smell, discolor, or break even sooner. And it can lead to oral and overall health problems.
Personalized Care So You Get the Best Dentures for You
Despite their limitations, they can be a good treatment option for some people. It’s a question of matching a person with the right treatment option. During your consultation, we will talk to you about your tooth replacement options, and then you can decide if they are right for you.
To learn more about dentures in Anchorage, please call (907) 274-7691 today for an appointment with a denture dentist at Denali Dental Care.