Dentures work as a quick and affordable solution to extensive tooth loss. You get your smile back and eating food becomes possible again. While dentures do help these problems, they aren’t exactly a perfect solution. That’s why you should always consider other options that the dentist offers, especially if it’s been a long time since you first received dentures.
To learn exactly what dentures should feel like, common issues wearers have, and what other options you should consider, check out this blog post from a dentist!
Common Issues With Dentures
One of the most common issues with dentures people mention is their inability to eat all the foods they want. Whether it be crunchy fruits and vegetables or chewier meats like steak and pork chop, dentures usually don’t meet the mark. People may not be able to keep a balanced diet because their denture keeps shifting or sliding. However, they may also feel embarrassed to eat around others, whether it be in a restaurant or when they’re with their loved ones.
The other common issue is the plastic material rubbing up against their mouth. This can make them gag, salivate more often, affect their speech and even prevent them from properly tasting food. It just be uncomfortable overall, causing them to completely stop wearing it.
Finally, denture wearers typically don’t enjoy the way their smile looks, either because they don’t seem to have a “natural” framework or because their smile line doesn’t look proper.
How Dentures Should Feel in the Mouth
In the beginning, dentures will feel foreign and uncomfortable, but that doesn’t mean your mouth won’t eventually adjust. During this time, you’ll need to practice speaking, chewing and smiling while wearing dentures. In some cases, it can take several weeks to transition to a new denture.
If you’re experiencing any of the following, especially if it’s been a long time since your last denture, it’s time to either get it replaced or consider a more effective alternative. These problems include:
- Too loose fit or too tight fit
- Pain while eating, chewing or smiling, particularly after not experiencing these problems for a long time
- Relying on denture adhesive all the time
Of course, you should always have your dentures replaced if they are damaged, stained or missing teeth as well.
Consider an Alternative Solution
One of the most common alternatives for those using a traditional denture is All-on-4 dental implants. This treatment uses a permanent, non-removable bridge that is attached to a series of implants placed in the jaw. With only four implants, the bridge is firmly secured, allowing for basic functions like chewing and speaking to occur without worry.
All-on-4 is more affordable than traditional implants, can be provided even after significant bone loss has occurred, and even placed in a single day. Furthermore, bone grafts are not needed in most situations.
You don’t have to settle for dentures if they just don’t meet your needs. Schedule an appointment today to learn more about a long-term solution!
About the Author
Dr. John S. Keadle earned his DDS degree from the West Virginia University School of Dentistry. He’s completed a thorough and comprehensive externship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Nebraska Omaha and spent additional time studying dental implant surgery and restoration. To learn more about his practice, you can contact him through his website.