Wearing dentures gives you the opportunity to replace missing teeth so you can chew with comfort and speak with confidence. Even though the form and function have improved significantly in recent years, they aren’t permanent tooth replacements like dental implants. If you’re considering them as a tooth replacement, these are the denture pros and cons you might want to familiarise yourself with.
Denture Pros And Cons
Understanding denture pros and cons can help you to make an informed decision for your long term dental health.
Improve Facial Harmony
Having missing teeth affects your self-confidence and many patients who don’t have full arches of teeth want to hide their mouths when they smile. Filling the gaps with artificial teeth can make a huge difference to your confidence and the authenticity of your smile. They also play a direct role in improving facial harmony because they add volume to your cheeks. If you are missing teeth, your cheeks are likely to be sunken and your skin might sag.
Wearing Dentures Is Accessible For Almost Everyone
Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants; you need a strong jaw and healthy gums to support implants. A dental bridge requires you to have some healthy natural teeth for support. Dentures can be customised for virtually every mouth shape, even if you are missing all of your teeth. Wearing dentures is also one of the most affordable ways to replace teeth.
They’re Easy To Clean And Look After
Dentures only need to be cleaned once a day and they need to be rinsed after eating. The artificial teeth do not decay and do not need any special care or maintenance. In fact, you can leave them in some denture soak overnight to remove any plaque build-up.
You Can Get An Immediate Replacement
While it is best to wait until gum inflammation has subsided before your dentures are made, you can get immediate and emergency dentures while your fixed or removable dentures are being made. Making your final prosthesis does require several steps to be followed and a few visits to your dental practitioner, but you can get a replacement done immediately.
They Don’t Last Forever
While dental implants can last for decades, dentures need to be replaced every five to ten years.
This is because your oral cavity changes shape over time and the original denture will not fit your changing gums in time.
Replacing them is relatively efficient.
They May Move Around
Sometimes your denture may move around when you speak or eat but this is usually a sign that you need an adjustment or reline, both of which can be done relatively quickly by your dentist. Wearing dentures takes some time to get used to but once you have adjusted to them, they should fit snugly and comfortably.
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