As we grow older our body begins to decay. All too often our teeth decay before their time.
As a result, many people find themselves facing the choice of whether to get dentures or not. Many people are surprisingly nervous to take the final step and invest in dentures because of the myths surrounding these aids.
The first myth is that because dentures are not like normal teeth, they will not be affected by over-the-counter and prescription medications. The truth is that drugs can affect the fit and wear-ability of dentures.
One example of a case where drugs affect dentures is when a medication reduces the supply of saliva to the mouth. The reduced liquid makes it much more difficult to swallow or chew.
This is one of the reasons it is important to tell your dentist about any medication you may be taking on a regular or inconsistent basis. It is important to know that this myth is simply not true.
Another myth related to dentures is that because a patient has a fixed income, they will not be able to afford regular dental checkups for their teeth. Before you pass dentures and the necessary oral examinations by, talk to you dentist about your financial situation and see if he can provide any solutions to you.
Be open and honest with him and it is likely that he will be open and honest with you about the necessary fees associated with the purchase of dentures. Most people who decide to purchase dentures buy them around the age of sixty.
Remember that dentures will be an investment that will cover the rest of your life. They will make talking, eating, and smiling much more enjoyable and much easier.
Another myth surrounding dentures is the belief some customers have that they can fix their own dentures. This is a very bad idea.
Poorly relined dentures can be very bulky and will cause unnecessary pressure on the jaw. This will result in an increased deterioration of the jawbone.
There are do-it-yourself reliners available for purchase, but all too often these irritate the mouth as well. These irritations can result in irreparable damage to the mouth that will require a new set of dentures all together.
This will be more costly in time, money, and pain in the long run. Visit a professional dentist to get your repair work done properly.
Another myth that many people believe and are turned away from dentures because of is the belief that they will be without teeth for several days if they ever need to take them to the dentist for refitting and repair. The advances that have led to the dentistry of today make it possible for dentists to reline and repair dentures within their office and in a timely manner.
Most of the time, needed repairs on dentures can be completed by the end of the day with quite a few repairs being completed within an hour. Dentistry today is much more efficient and convenient than in the olden days.
Another myth related to the previous one is that people do not want to have to wait for a long adjustment period when they are getting their dentures replaced. It is always more difficult to get used to the new appliance the first time.
However, if you are getting a replacement for your dentures, it is likely that you have had them for long enough that you are well adjusted to them. You know how to confidently eat and speak.
The new dentures will be slightly different, but it will be much easier to adjust to these dentures now that you have already had the experience of having dentures once. It is important to replace dentures once the pair you have is too old or poorly fitted.
You do not want to have to deal with the side effects of irritated gums, tongue, or cheek. The ridges may even decay away with a poorly fitted denture which will not allow you to wear dentures at a future time.
You will also suffer from an inhibited ability the chew properly and you face will acquire more lines that will show your age. A short, relatively painless adjustment period for new dentures is much more desirable than facing all of these side effects of old dentures.
Dentures are not as inconvenient or painful as they seem. There are many invaluable benefits to wearing dentures.
Tommy Greene is a former dental assistant and has authored hundreds of articles relating to oral health and Salt Lake City Dentist. He has been a guest dental lecturer for over 15 years.