5 common myths about dentures

Considering getting dentures to improve your quality of life? You’re not alone. According to a 2014 Journal of Dental Research study, millions of Americans will experience partial or complete tooth loss, and dentures are an effective way to maintain the appearance of a full set of teeth while enjoying a broad range of foods.

Even though dentures provide an aesthetic and functional solution for many people, several persistent myths might cause some concerns or hesitation about setting an appointment to get fitted.

Here are five myths about dentures that can be debunked right now.

Myth #1: Eating is difficult with dentures

After getting dentures, there will be an adjustment period while gums heal and facial muscles become used to holding them in place. Dentists recommend starting off with liquid or soft foods and gradually re-introducing other foods into the diet.

Patients typically become accustomed to new dentures within a few weeks. Though they are not the same as actual teeth, with the right fit and some minor adjustments dentures make it easy to return to a normal diet, including eating corn on the cob and apples.

Myth #2: Dentures look fake

Prosthetic dentistry has come a long way. You may remember your grandfather’s dentures as ill-fitting or odd-looking. Modern, quality dentures closely resemble natural teeth. Properly fitted modern dentures conform to the natural contours of the mouth, and new materials along with advanced fabrication techniques lend themselves to a more natural appearance.

The only way others will notice your dentures is if they are ill-fitting, which can be avoided by communicating any discomfort or other problems to your dentist. Additionally, when considering dentures, inquire about implant supported dentures, also referred to as permanent dentures, which if properly cared for can last a lifetime.

Myth #3: Dental implants are better than dentures

While dental implants are a great solution for many patients, the procedure isn’t for everybody. In some cases, extensive bone loss in the jaw or a medical condition like diabetes would make dentures a better choice.

In other cases, dentures are preferable because the process is less invasive and typically costs less than implants.

Myth #4: Dentures will always feel strange

Of course, dentures can’t be exactly the same as real teeth. Natural teeth have roots that are connected to nerves, allowing sensations like hot and cold. While dentures won’t provide that exact feeling, some sensations will be felt in surrounding gum tissue.

While you will most likely notice this difference, most denture patients become used to the way dentures feel and comfortable using them.

Myth #5: Denture repairs take a long time

Dentures typically last anywhere from 4 to 7 years. In the past if you needed a new set or experienced a crack or break it could take weeks to receive a new or repaired set of dentures. This left patients with the choice of going without or having to purchase a second pair of backup dentures. However, if your dentist has an onsite lab, you can get quick, same-day repairs and replacements.

Modern dentures far surpass their predecessors in quality, look and feel. Yet, myths based on out-of-date or inaccurate information persist. Setting up a consultation with a professional experienced in prosthetic dentistry is one of the best ways to address any concerns and learn about the variety of denture options available.

Would you like more information about dentures and if they might be right for you? Since 1977, Herald Square Dental and the Denture Center in New York City has offered many services: from teeth cleaning to root canals, dentures, implants and more, all at one location. Their in-house lab allows them to fabricate high quality dentures the same day and perform expert denture repairs and relines While-U-Wait.

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