Myths and Facts about Dentures

Myths and Facts about Dentures

Dentures have long been used to treat those who are missing many teeth. A removable apparatus made of acrylic resin material, dentures serve as a replacement for not only the missing teeth but also any missing adjacent tissue. Complete or partial dentures are available, depending on whether the patient has remaining natural teeth. Though dentures can be life-changing for those who need them, there are a couple common misconceptions about life with dentures.

Myth: “I will not have to go to the dentist anymore.”

Fact: Though you can care for your dentures at home, you will still need to visit your dentist from time to time. First of all, if you have any remaining natural teeth, you will still need professional cleanings for those teeth. But in addition, the bone under your dentures will change in shape over time, requiring occasional adjustments to your dentures to ensure that they continue to fit properly. Furthermore, dentures do not last forever. Eventually, they will need to be replaced. It is also a good idea for your dentist to examine your mouth from time to time for signs of disease or oral cancer.

Myth: “I will not be able to eat my favorite foods or speak normally anymore.”

Fact: Though there will be an adjustment period, most patients with dentures are able to speak normally within just a few hours. Though eating takes more practice, most patients are able to eat comfortably within a few weeks. Furthermore, though more caution is required, most people can eventually eat most if not all of their favorite foods again.