Previously, we wrote about myths about dentures that still persisted despite the wealth of information that exists about them. That was merely the tip of the iceberg, though. There are a lot more out there that need debunking.
Here are even more denture myths that need to be laid to rest to avoid any potential costly mistakes.
It’s One or the Other Between Dentures and Dental Implants
It’s not always a stark choice between the two types of replacement teeth. Oftentimes a dentist will put an implant in and then put the dentures on top of them so that they can clasp onto the implant. That is called implant-supported dentures. The dentures do still have to be removed nightly, though, unlike with the implants, which act like regular teeth and just require brushing and flossing each day.
There are extenuating circumstances, besides budgetary reasons, though that might lead to one getting dentures over dental implants – such as not having enough bone mass in their jaw to allow the dentist to put the anchor screw in the patient’s jaw to fuse with the bone mass. Then, dentures are the best option to fill the space of the missing tooth.
Dental Implants Are Out After Getting Dentures
This one is largely false, since dentists should be able to put in the implant screw if the patient changes their mind. They do tend to advise getting the implants immediately once the situation presents itself, but every patient has their financial limitations, even with possible financing, so they may change their minds if they are able to save up enough.
A big factor that could preclude this from occurring is the patient’s jaw significantly shifts even with the dentures and a lot of bone mass is lost to the point that not even things like bone grafts can thicken it up enough.
It Doesn’t Matter What Type of Dentures One Gets
People operate under the assumption that any pair of dentures will do. That is not the case… the higher-end ones can realistically resemble the patient’s natural teeth, including their color and curve. They are more durable and other people can have a very hard time telling that there are dentures in the patient’s mouth.
On the other hand, the budget versions are much more obvious, made from cheaper material and often require glue to stay in the patient’s mouth each day. They may not fit as well. Again, it may depend on what one can afford, but it would seem better in the long run to pay toward higher quality for something that will be used many times a day.
Food Choices Will Become Seriously Limited
While some harder foods may be off limits, people are often surprised at what they can still eat. It takes a bit of learning how to hold the dentures in their mouth while chewing, but that curve is a short one. They need to avoid sticky foods like taffy and foods that can get caught under the dentures, like popcorn or nuts. Still, they will have a lot of alternatives like veggie crisps and whole grain bread. Steaks should be avoided but ground meat is OK. Smoothies are a good replacement for fruits and vegetables.
Dentures Cause Bad Breath
People may remember seeing their grandparents with dentures and possibly having to endure bad breath. Only poor denture maintenance will lead to that – it’s imperative to brush them daily with a toothbrush and specially formulated toothpaste… along with soaking them overnight in a special solution That will keep the dentures in good shape and prevent bacteria from forming on them… and causing the bad breath.
Another concern is that if the dentures break, they will take a long time to repair. That was true in earlier years, but now dentists have in-house labs that allow them to make same-day repairs, which can make life easier for all involved.
Thus concludes another round of denture myths. Worried about something? Research it through reputable sites and resources like the American Dental Association or well-known magazines.
When it comes to dentures, the staff at Acadia Dental & Dental Implants knows everything about them. They will be glad to discuss any of the above myths during an appointment. Call them at either their Hagerstown (301-797-2538) or Frederick (301-662-1760) location today to arrange one!
Acadia Dental and Dentures
1303 Pennsylvania Ave.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone: (301) 797-2538
490 Prospect Blvd.
Frederick, MD 21701
Phone: (301) 662-1760