The Benefits of Dentures: why have them?

Posted in Dentures, on the 31st October 2023, by Eleanor

Dentures, also known as false teeth, are removable dental prosthetics used to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues.

Here are some of the benefits of dentures:

1. Restored Chewing and Speaking Ability: Dentures provide a functional replacement for missing teeth, allowing individuals to chew a wide variety of foods more easily. This improves digestion and overall nutrition. Dentures also help in maintaining clear speech by filling in gaps created by missing teeth.

2. Improved Aesthetics: Dentures can enhance the appearance of the smile and facial profile. They are designed to closely resemble natural teeth, and modern denture materials offer a natural look and feel. Dentures can also support the facial muscles, preventing the sunken or sagging appearance that can occur when teeth are missing.

3. Enhanced Self-Confidence: Restoring a complete smile with dentures can significantly boost self-confidence and self-esteem. It allows individuals to feel more comfortable in social situations, speak and smile confidently, and enjoy an improved quality of life.

4. Affordable Tooth Replacement Option: Compared to other tooth replacement options like dental implants or bridges, dentures are generally more affordable. They provide a cost-effective solution for individuals who cannot opt for more expensive treatments or who prefer a removable option.

5. Non-Invasive Treatment: Dentures are a non-surgical and reversible treatment option for replacing missing teeth. The process of getting dentures typically involves taking impressions and measurements of the mouth, followed by the fabrication of custom-made dentures. This avoids the need for surgical procedures and allows individuals to explore other treatment options in the future if desired.

6. Easy Maintenance: Dentures are relatively easy to clean and maintain. Regular daily care involves brushing the dentures to remove food particles, rinsing them, and soaking them in denture cleaning solutions. Dentures should also be removed at night to give the gums time to rest.

7. Flexibility and Adjustability: Dentures can be adjusted or relined as needed to ensure a comfortable fit. Over time, changes in the jawbone or gum tissues can occur, and adjustments may be necessary to maintain an optimal fit and function.

It’s important to note that while dentures offer several benefits, they may have some limitations. For example, they may require a short adaptation period, and some individuals may experience temporary discomfort or changes in speech during the initial adjustment phase. Additionally, dentures do not stimulate the jawbone like natural teeth or dental implants, which can lead to bone loss over time. Regular dental check-ups are necessary to monitor the fit and condition of dentures and to address any issues promptly.

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