Having missing teeth is one of the most severe dental problems a person can deal with. Our Willow Park TX dental team understands that losing a tooth — or many teeth — can be painful and traumatizing. You’ll have a hole in your smile, and living without teeth makes it difficult to eat the food you love.
At Texas Grins Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, we offer some of the most advanced tooth replacement options to give you your smile back. Using dental implants, we can restore a person’s mouth nearly back to its original state. Of course, there are few different ways to replace missing teeth. Though technology has improved over the decades, removable dentures are by far the most popular way to replace missing teeth, but they aren’t the best way to replace teeth.
Today we want to discuss some of the myths about dentures.
1. Dentures are just as good as natural teeth. MYTH.
Dentures are a far cry from natural teeth. That’s why we dentists always preach to patients about caring for their teeth. Studies have found that people with dentures have a depleted power biting — at best 50 percent of their natural teeth. The reduction in biting force makes it difficult — or even impossible — to eat many of the foods you love. Foods like pizza, steak, candy, corn, and nuts are all off the menu.
2. Dentures don’t change your face. MYTH.
Whenever you lose your teeth, the jawbone will change. You see, the jaw’s major job is to secure the teeth in place. Dentures can’t change that. Even if you are wearing removable dentures, the jawbone will change shape in that resorbs. The change in the jawbone causes wrinkles to develop around the mouth. Additionally, the nose and chin grows closer together, giving denture wearers that sunken-in look.
3. Dentures last forever. MYTH.
Great dental restorations can last for years, but they won’t last forever. Dentures are no different. Dentures often need to be relined over time, especially with the changes in the jawbone. Dentures can also break or warp over time if not cared for properly. We ask our patients to brush their dentures just like natural teeth and store them in water to keep them from drying out.
4. Dentures are cheap. MYTH.
A good set of dentures can cost you several thousands of dollars. That’s not exactly cheap for many people. That amount is ultimately cheaper than something like dental implants, but this is still a substantial investment. Also, patients must consider that dentures will not last forever. The average set of dentures lasts about seven years. You might have to pay for replacement teeth multiple times in your life.
5. Once you have dentures, you don’t need to visit a dentist. MYTH.
Whether you have teeth or not, you’ll still need a dentist in your life. People with dentures are still subject to problems like gum disease. Dentures, especially ill-fitting dentures, can make cause sores on your gums. During your regular dental exams, your dentist can check the fit of your denture and reline your dentures if needed. Maintaining a good denture fit is more comfortable and can help you with your biting force.
Dental implants secure your teeth
We mentioned earlier in the post that dental implants are the ultimate way to replace missing teeth or stabilize dentures. It’s for one simple reason: dental implants literally become part of your body after they are placed. Our dental implants are made from titanium, a biocompatible material that merges with the jawbone over time. You see, the implant is unlike any other treatment in that it literally becomes part of your body.
Nearly everyone is a candidate for dental implants. You just need to be in good oral health and have enough bone to support the implant. And while placing dental implants is technically oral surgery, this procedure is incredibly successful. We’re placing them at about a 98 percent success rate. Implants are also extremely versatile and can be used to replace a single tooth or to secure dentures.
If you’re struggling with bad teeth or failing teeth, you can more than one option. Dentures might save you time and money immediately, but dental implants provide more stability than any tooth replacement option. Give us a call at 817-952-5038 to discuss your path to a healthier mouth, or use the online form to request a visit.