Dentures: The Ups and Downs

If you’ve lost a tooth, it can generally be solved rather simply: with a dental bridge or a dental implant. Of course, for some patients this can be a harrowing experience. But this doesn’t even compare to the life-changing transition that many patients feel the need to face when it comes to replacing many or even all of their teeth.

When this decision comes up, it’s often a decision between dental implants and dentures. Many of these patients often wonder about the many pros and cons involved with the two options.However, the biggest change for many of these patients often comes with the choice to get dentures. Many of times, these patients wonder what the benefits and downsides are to dentures, specifically.

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Read on to learn about some of the most common pros and cons with dentures to get a better idea about whether or not they are a good option for you.

The Benefits with Dentures

  • Modern dentures, compared to older dentures, are incredibly lifelike and strong. They come in a number of shades and sizes and the acrylic “gum” color can be easily matched to the existing color of your gums.
  • Adjustments are simple and repeatable. If you ever need to make adjustments to your dentures for a better fit, you’ll generally have great luck. From re-basing to re-lining, a wide variety of adjustments can be made to improve fit and function, while eliminating the slippage that dentures have come to be known for.
  • Apart from extracting remaining teeth that need to be removed, the procedure for getting dentures is non-invasive and relatively quick.
  • Dentures are generally more affordable than implants, especially when you’re replacing a large number of teeth

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Denture Downsides

  • While modern dentures are very strong and natural looking, they will generally never be as strong as implants.
  • Dentures need to be cleaned regularly by removing them. You must also take your dentures out when you sleep, in order to give your gums “a rest”.
  • With dentures, slippage can sometimes be a concern. However, this is often solved by ensuring a proper fit and applying a small amount of denture adhesive. After dentures have been worn for multiple years, the jaw bone can tend to atrophy – which will ultimately alter fit and require adjustment.
  • Some foods will be much harder to eat, and some foods will even be off-limits
  • Dentures will eventually need to be replaced
  • Because implants are installed into your natural gum tissue, they will look more natural than dentures since the visible “gum-tissue” with dentures is acrylic.
  • Dentures, because they sit on your gums, can sometimes trap food debris and bacteria. If not all of the teeth are replaced by dentures, this can provide a safe haven for bacteria to continue working against natural teeth, which can lead to accelerated tooth loss of remaining teeth. Patients with dentures and natural teeth should be certain that they are extra diligent about oral hygiene.

Do you have questions about dentures? Our friends at Primary Dental Care of Garden Grove are Orange County’s experts on dentures. Visit their blog today to learn more.