When it comes to dentures, there are many myths and misconceptions that surround the idea. These myths discourage people who may need or want dentures. Many of the negative thoughts surrounding dentures and the people that wear them are just plain false. We thought it best to go ahead and clear up these rumors and tell you the truth about dentures.
What are Dentures?
One of the reasons there are so many myths surrounding dentures is because a lot of people do not really know what they are. For those who are unsure, dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into the mouth as often as needed. There are two types of dentures, full and partial. Depending on your needs, your dentist will determine which would be appropriate.
Now that we cleared that up, let’s talk about the denture myths and misconceptions…
Myth #1: Dentures last forever
While the idea of that sounds nice, dentures are not any more permanent than glasses. Since dentures are made of either acrylic or porcelain, they are just as susceptible to breaking or chipping if not cared for properly. Just like any other product, over time, even with conscious care, dentures can lose their natural appearance and chewing ability. Taking good care of your dentures will help to extend the life of them with the proper care.
Myth #2: It is difficult to eat when wearing dentures
Another denture myth that we can prove false is that people who wear dentures have restrictions on what they can eat. Of course there are certain people who may have some restrictions, but for the most part, denture wearers have very few restrictions when it comes to their diet. If you ever notice difficulty when eating or even speaking, you will want to get in contact with your dentist to have him or her schedule a check up.
Myth #3: Everyone knows you are wearing dentures
Nowadays, dentures look very natural and mimic natural teeth almost perfectly. If your dentures become more noticeable, you may need to visit your dentist for a refitting. If you notice clicking, slipping, unpleasant odors, or stains, this could be the result of a poor fit or improper home care, which is why we stress visiting your dentist for a routine checkup. If your dentures fit perfectly and you are taking the best care of them, no one will notice you have them in!
Myth #4: Dentures are too expensive
This denture myth is one that deters a lot of people away from the whole idea! Before ruling out getting dentures, speak with your dentist. See what the payment options are, if they are covered by your insurance, and what adjustments, repairs, and possible replacements could cost you. While dentures may seem expensive, they are an investment in your oral health and your overall quality of life. The great thing is there are many payment options that can fit everyone’s financial needs.
Myth #5: You do not have to visit your dentist after getting dentures
This denture myth is one of the more common myths and it is absolutely NOT true! For one, your mouth is made up of more than just your teeth. When you get an oral exam, your dentist is checking your gums, tongue, and the side of your mouth as well as your teeth. Your mouth is the first place diseases manifest, so an inspection of tissues inside your mouth can reveal the early onset of a disease. The examination of your teeth, or even your dentures, make up a small part of your overall oral exam, so please, for your health, do not assume that you can skip out on visiting the dentist.
If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from tooth loss, then you may be a perfect candidate for dentures. Do not let another day go by feeling like you cannot be the confident person you are meant to be because of your smile. Dentures are a long-term investment that adds so much to the quality of your life, and you owe it to yourself! Let Dr. Lordo be your denture specialist and we promise you will leave with a smile on your face!