Dentures have been a popular and cost effective way of replacing teeth for a very long time. While some people find them convenient to wear, others don’t find it quite so easy to cope. So what are the pros and cons of dentures? Pros The process for making dentures is very straightforward
- Dentures do take time to get used to wearing.
- You may need to return to Midtown Dentistry several times to have them adjusted after the initial fitting.
- They are quite fragile when not being worn, and you need to take care to avoid breaking them.
- They do limit the types of foods that can be enjoyed, and certain foods such as lettuce can be very tricky to eat with dentures.
- They don’t do anything to preserve your jawbone, and are likely to become ill-fitting in just a few years.
This last point is perhaps the most important, and is a major reason why dentures can become uncomfortable to wear after a few years. When your teeth are first extracted then your jawbone is likely to be pretty much intact. However, without the stimulation provided by your natural tooth roots this bone quickly begins to be absorbed. A denture that started off being quite comfortable to wear can become loose and ill-fitting, and you are likely to notice it begins to move around and feels less stable whenever you eat or talk. One solution is to use dentures adhesives to hold it in place, or to have the denture relined to try to get it to fit more accurately. Dr. Jonathan Penchas can easily arrange for you to have your denture relined or even remade, but the underlying problem will remain and over time more bone will be lost, and your denture will become more difficult to retain. So is there another solution?
Yes there is, as dental implants in Houston are becoming increasingly popular, and are quite affordable when used to retain dentures. This is because relatively few dental implants need to be inserted into the jaw to hold a denture in position. An implant retained denture can make a huge difference to quality of life. The denture is still removed daily for cleaning, but you will find you can eat and talk without fear of the denture moving around, and you’ll be able to enjoy a greater range of foods. Fed up with wearing dentures? In this case ask us about replacing your denture with a bridge. Dental implants can be used to support a dental bridge that is permanently cemented or screwed in position. This can only be removed by Dr. Penchas, and can look amazing.
If you should have any questions about the pros and cons of dentures please feel free to call Midtown Dentistry.