Common Misconceptions About DenturesFixed and Removable Dentures
Dentures have become increasingly common over the past several decades. Whether they are full or partial sets, nearly 20 million Americans currently wear dentures. Many people are unaware however of all of the common misconceptions and myths surrounding them. One of the most common assumptions about dentures is that they are permanent. While it may seem that they are built to last forever, dentures are susceptible to chipping or cracking due to the plastic and acrylic materials they are made of. Additionally, dentures wear overtime which can eventually lead to an unnatural appearance and/or loss of function such as chewing and speaking.
This leads to the next misconception; that dentist visits are unnecessary after getting dentures. It is just as important to schedule regular dentist visits with dentures as it is with natural teeth. A dental exam ensures a healthy mouth overall including the jaw, gums, tongue and cheeks. Dentures can have an impact on these other areas of the mouth which can lead to long-term dental health problems. Similarly, many of the issues and serious health risks associated with dentures and dental health lead back to proper care and cleaning. It may seem that dentures are less susceptible to dental issues because they are not attached to the gums. When exposed to food particles, bacteria and plaque however, dentures pose the same harmful risks to overall health as our natural teeth. Our mouths offer the perfect environment for which bacteria can grow and fester. Dentures that are not properly cleaned are susceptible to sticky layers of bacteria called biofilms. Biofilms, if left untreated may lead to serious illness such as infection like staph or pneumonia.
Finally, many people do not attempt to consult a dentist about dentures out of fear they are too expensive and unsure about proper denture care. Dentures are often a far more affordable tooth replacement option than other alternatives such as dental implants, bridges and crowns. In-house or other Financing is also available through many dental health providers.
For those interested yet unsure about the decision to obtain dentures, the best plan of action is to schedule a professional consultation. Any questions, concerns or misconceptions may be answered prior to making a decision.