Are you hesitating to get dentures for your missing teeth? If so, you’re not alone: Many people hear rumors about dentures that give them second thoughts. Depending on what’s said, it can even sound like treatment would leave you worse off!
As it happens, this gossip is usually false. To prove it, here are four myths about dentures and why they’re untrue!
Myth #1: Dentures Always Slip & Fall Out
Falling and slipping can happen to cheaper denture models. However, quality, properly-fitted dentures don’t have this problem. Though more expensive, the latter type remains firmly and securely in place during most everyday situations.
Take implant dentures, for instance. By attaching to dental implants, they neither slip nor fall once inserted. The implants also keep your jawbone strong, meaning the fit of these dentures won’t change over time.
Myth #2: Dentures Always Need Denture Adhesive
Some people believe that adhesive is necessary for a good denture fit. Similar to glue, it helps maintain the seal between your gums and dentures by improving the suction.
Actually, though, dentures can and do maintain their seal without any adhesive. A denture’s suction could hold them steady with the right fit. Many people with high-quality dentures find they don’t need adhesive at all.
Myth #3: You Can Eat Without Dentures
Sometimes the idea goes around that dentures aren’t necessary for eating. In this view, you can have your favorite foods even without a full set of teeth. You might need to learn new ways to chew, but your nutrition will be just fine.
Unfortunately, the truth is that many foods are difficult or impossible to eat without teeth. While some foods can be cooked and made softer, others cannot. Because it’s a lot harder to enjoy meals if you don’t chew, people will even stop eating healthy foods like lean meats and fibrous vegetables. These factors then lead to increased risk for malnutrition and digestive system problems.
Myth #4: Dentures Make You Look Old
Perhaps the most well-known stereotype of dentures is that they make wearers look old, feeble, and unpleasant. Whatever their effectiveness for chewing or smiling, they’ll leave you with a sagging face.
The truth is that only lower quality dentures tend to make you look old. The better, updated models of today can have the opposite effect. In fact, some support your facial tissue for a younger and fuller-looking face!
Ultimately, the myths surrounding dentures don’t hold up. So now that you can separate fact from fiction, you can make an informed decision when and if you need tooth replacement.
About the Practice
Camenzuli Dental Excellence provides ideal dental services to the New Orleans community. Their specialties, including preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, use the latest technology. Given his extensive training and education, head dentist Dr. Camenzuli is especially good at practical and affordable denture treatments. The office’s advanced safety protocols also ensure that patient health is preserved. For more information or to schedule an appointment, they can be reached at their website or by phone at (504)-895-3400.