Don’t let all those denture bonding cream commercials with happy-go-lucky seniors bravely biting into an apple fool you. Dentures are no longer the gold standard for teeth replacement, and they are far from popular or “freeing” as depicted in advertisements. With other options available like dental implants and the Hybrid4 Fixed Bridge, dentures are just not worth the hassle. Not convinced? Here are 5 reasons why dentures are the worst:
#1: Dentures never fit right
Dentures are designed to stay attached with suction, but all the bonding paste and adhesives in the world can’t keep dentures from eventually slipping—or worse, falling out of your mouth in what has to be one of the most embarrassing situations possible. So you can chalk up those apple-biters to typical exaggeration in advertising.
Dental implants always fit just right.
#2 Dentures shrink your jawbone
Another reason why dentures never seem to fit right, especially after long-term use, is because the part of the jawbone that makes up the dental arches will shrink with no teeth to support it. That’s the nature of bones, to diminish when not in use, and wearing dentures does nothing to stop the process. As a result, you end up with sunken cheeks, pursed lips, extra wrinkles, and even a higher risk of breaking the already-weakened bones.
Dental implants can help you keep your face as you know it.
#3: Dentures irritate gums
Gums are not designed to handle dentures. While teeth are anchored to the jawbone, the force of eating and speaking grinds dentures into your gums and puts pressure on the bone underneath. Not only is this irritating—and in many cases painful—but it can also lead to problems like redness, swelling, rashes, and hives. As a result, many denture-wearers opt to leave them out and stay home, negatively affecting their social life.
Dental implants are anchored to your jawbone, just like real teeth.
#4: Dentures restrict your diet
Wearing dentures means saying goodbye to many of your favorite foods. And the food you can still eat must be cut up into tiny chewable bits, adding unnecessary hassle to mealtimes. And perhaps even worse, the food you can eat while wearing dentures won’t taste like much because your palate—which plays a surprisingly significant role in your ability to taste—is covered with a plastic denture roof. Sadly, many denture-wearers end up suffering from malnutrition because so much of the pleasure from eating is lost.
Dental implants allow you to keep eating (and enjoying) your favorite foods.
#5: Dentures require expensive upkeep
Every night, dentures must be soaked and cleaned or you won’t be able to wear them the next day. While specialized cleaners aren’t particularly expensive, a constant supply for the rest of your life really adds up—especially if you add the cost of adhesives and creams, containers, and extra sets of dentures for when your jawbone diminishes further and your current set no longer fits.
Dental implants require the same care as your natural teeth. And they can last a lifetime!
Ready to ditch the dentures? We can help!
If you want a permanent solution to missing or damaged teeth, Dental Implant Experts can help restore the confidence that only comes from a bright, healthy smile. Dental implants and the Hybrid4 Fixed Bridge work just like natural teeth, so you’ll be able to eat what you want without gum irritation or embarrassing mishaps. They’ll also keep your jawbone strong and healthy. If you want to learn more about dental implants, give us a call today to schedule a consultation.