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Mythbusting: 7 Truths About Dentures

Updated: Oct 11, 2022


Many of my patients who lose teeth or have missing teeth also have preconceived ideas and misconceptions about dentures due to myths they may have heard or family members with existing dentures.

A lot of these ideas and myths may discourage them from wanting dentures so I would like to clear up some of the common myths surrounding dentures to make sure that you have accurate information and can make an informed decision about whether dentures are right for you.


Nope. No one has to know unless you want them to know. Dentures can be made to look very natural especially if I can see a picture of you showing a full smile with all of your natural teeth. Working closely with my denture technician we will ensure that any denture components are hard to detect.


Actually, you can have a denture if you have lost a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all of your teeth. There are different types of dentures for different reasons and I will gladly discuss these options with you so you can make the right decision for you.


Unfortunately, no matter how well made the denture is or how well it is cared for, dentures do not last forever.

You can expect a denture to last around 5-7 years. After this time the biting surface of the teeth is likely to have worn down and due to natural changes in the bone structures, the denture will no longer fit as well as when first provided. To prevent further and faster deterioration of the denture-bearing area it is best to replace a denture at this point.

That is unless it is an immediate denture. This is where a denture is made to be fitted immediately after teeth have been removed. This type of denture can last up to a year before needing to be replaced.


It is still very important for you to visit a dentist at least once a year if you wear dentures. Any remaining teeth can be checked as well as your gum health. Even if you wear full dentures and have no remaining teeth it is still vital to see a dentist regularly.

Why?

Well first of all we want to check for any signs of oral cancer but we also assess your dentures for signs of deterioration so that we can make sure you get the most out of them!



We associate denture wearing with old age and this can be a big deterrent for younger people accepting that a denture may be a good option for them.

The truth of the matter is that teeth can be lost for any number of reasons and although tooth loss increases with age, younger people may have missing teeth as well. For some of these people, a denture may be a very good choice for replacing these missing teeth.

In the UK, 74% of the adult population have at least one missing tooth and 13% have no teeth at all.


Getting dentures for the first time and even getting replacement dentures can involve quite a steep learning curve whilst you get used to them. During this time it is very sensible to "not bite off more than you can chew". In other words start off with fairly easy-to-break up foods, soft foods that do not require too much chewing and are easy to digest. Work up to include other foods over time.

Once this initial adaptation period is over, and how long it takes varies from one person to another, you should be able to eat the same foods that you did before.


If you are needing to use an adhesive on a regular basis then it may be a sign that your denture doesn't fit properly.

If this is the case then it may be time for new dentures to help reduce the amount of bone shrinkage that poorly fitting dentures can cause. Well-fitting dentures do not require glue to hold them in place.


If you are one of the many people who experience tooth loss then you may be a perfect candidate for dentures.

Dentures are a long-term investment that can help restore quality of life. A well-fitting set of dentures can actually help to make you appear more youthful by helping to restore some of the lost vertical height of the face and supporting the soft tissues of the lower face.


Get in touch to find out more or call 01454 313 189 to arrange a consultation.


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