Know The Good & The Bad Of Having Dentures
- July 15, 2016
More than 30 million people in the United States are missing at least one complete row of teeth. More than half of that group has lost all of their natural teeth.
If you are one of them, then you realize that this does not improve the appearance of your smile. For some people, losing their teeth can be a cause of shame and embarrassment.
We don’t want you to feel that way. We don’t want any of our patients to feel like they have to hide their smiles.
Dentures allow many people to go about their day-to-day lives more comfortably. Depending on the kind of dentures you get, you can have a natural-looking smile and still be able to eat some or all of the foods that you enjoy.
Today we want to discuss the different kinds of dentures you can get at the office of Robert I. Hlavac, Dental Corporation. We would be happy to discuss them with you at our dentist office. We have patients from Concord, CA, and throughout the surrounding area.
What is the most basic reason people get dentures? It’s because they don’t have teeth, and they would rather look like they still do.
Modern dentures can be crafted to look quite lifelike and realistic. When you have these dentures in place, your smile can look as good as it ever has.
This may help you feel more comfortable going out to eat with your friends or posing for a “selfie” with your children or grandchildren.
And as you may already know, eating is quite difficult when you are missing one or both rows of your teeth. You may like soup, but you probably don’t want to eat is for every meal for the rest of your life.
With dentures, you may not be able to eat everything you want, but you will be able to bite and chew many things. It may take you longer to chew up certain foods than it did when you had all your natural teeth. That’s still better than not being able to eat at all, however.
The Downsides Of Dentures
Dentures are an improvement when compared to having no teeth at all, but they aren’t quite the same as having your teeth back.
Dentures can slip out of position, which can create some awkward moments for you and the people around you.
Your replacement teeth could slip out as you are trying to place your order at a restaurant. Your dentures can fall out while you are laughing at one of your friend’s stories.
Sneezing, coughing, even yawning can cause your dentures to fall out.
And you will learn (if you haven’t already) that some foods are still too difficult to eat with traditional dentures. Taking a bite of a fresh, crisp apple may leave your dentures stuck in the side of the fruit instead of a tasty bite in your mouth.
Make Your Dentures Better
You may be aware that sharks have several rows of teeth. When they lose one, another one just grows into its place.
We can’t do that as human beings, but we do have the next best thing thanks to the development of dental implants.
Traditional dentures replace the crowns of our missing teeth. By this, we mean that dentures replace the parts of your teeth that you can see.
Dental implants replace the roots of our lost teeth. Roots are the anchors that hold our teeth in our jawbone. Implants can serve as the anchors that make our teeth replacements more secure.
If your jaw is healthy enough to support dental implants, we can strategically place a series of implants in your mouth. As your jaw heals, it will bond to the implants and hold the firmly in position.
You can receive a set of implant-secured dentures that give you all the benefits and address many of the problems of traditional dentures.
With implant-secured dentures, you can smile comfortably. You can feel confident that your replacement teeth will remain in place whether you are singing, talking, laughing, or coughing.
And you can feel free to order anything off the menu when you are dining out. With dental implants, you will be able to bite and chew almost anything you want without worrying about your dentures slipping out.
Get Your Smile Back … And Maybe More
To find out if dentures and dental implants could make your life better, make plans to visit the Robert I. Hlavac, Dental Corporation.