There are plenty of myths and misconceptions surrounding the idea of having dentures. In fact, some of these myths have gone on to discourage some patients from getting dentures, even when dentures are the only way to prevent their dental problems from getting worse.
The truth, however, is that the majority of the most common myths people believe when it comes to dentures are actually false, as this list below will prove to you.
1. Dentures will last forever
Not really that much of a negative thing, though that depends on how you look at it. Either way, dentures are no more permanent than the glasses you probably wear when reading.
Dentures are made out of either acrylic or porcelain, and can break or chip if are not taken care of properly. Also, over time, even with proper care, dentures may lose their original appearance and function, resulting in problems such as difficulty in chewing.
In any case, you’ll still want to take good care of your dentures to make sure that they last for as long as possible, and so that you don’t encounter any problems while wearing one.
2. Wearing dentures will force you to eat less
There are also those that believe that wearing dentures will force uncomfortable restrictions on how and what one eats. This, however, has long been proven false.
While it is true that there are certain restrictions, the adjustment is not as significant as most people make it out to be. Most people with dentures can enjoy eating normally as they did when they still had their natural teeth.
If you’re ever fitted with dentures and notice difficulty when eating or speaking, it’s best to contact your dentist to have it checked.
3. Dentures are obvious and uncomfortable to wear
This myth, unlike others on this list, was true – take note of the word WAS. But, that was then, and today, the improvements in dental technology have allowed dentures to look and function as well as natural teeth.
Of course, if the dentures slip, click or become noticeable, you’ll want to visit your dentist for a refitting. Also, problems such as unpleasant odors and stains are mostly specific only to those who do not take proper care of their dentures at home or do not go to the dentist for both routine checkups and cleanings.
If you take proper care of your dentures and if they fit perfectly, no one is going to notice that you’re wearing one.
4. Dentures are very expensive
Before even ruling out dentures just because you think that they’re expensive, consider talking to your dentist first. While not cheap, dentists often offer plenty of flexible payment options that make dentures easier on the wallet. Add the fact that they may be covered by your insurance, and you won’t end up spending as much as you think.
Besides, dentures are an investment for your oral health and getting one could improve your life significantly.
5. You don’t need to visit your dentist often after getting dentures
After getting dentures, it is even more necessary to visit the dentist. Remember, dentures are an oral appliance that even if made durable, are far from as durable as natural teeth. Thus, you’ll want to take extra care of them, and this includes visiting the dentist regularly for regular oral exams and professional cleanings.
If you have one or more teeth missing, consider getting a denture as soon as possible and don’t let another day go by feeling less confident about your smile.
If you are interested in acquiring dentures, contact Marx Family Dental in Gladstone, MO at (816) 452-2000 to schedule an appointment today.