When you think of dentures, or virtually any medical or dental procedure for that matter, you’ve likely heard a number of common myths and misconceptions regarding the procedure. If you’ve (understandably) believed these myths to be true, you may feel discouraged or disinterested in getting dentures, even if it may in fact be the best possible solution for your missing teeth.
At Timothy J. Kitzmiller, DDS, we take patient education very seriously, which is why we want to set the record straight when it comes to dentures so you can make an informed decision about what the best options are for you. That said, here are some of the most common myths and misconceptions about dentures:
It will be too difficult to eat when wearing dentures.
While it is true that some people may have certain dietary restrictions as a result of having removable dentures and/or other oral health issues in general, more often than not, denture wearers have little to no restrictions when it comes to what they eat. Individuals who have implant-supported dentures, or ones that are physically anchored into the jawline by means of an implant, have no restrictions whatsoever, making this the best of both worlds for many patients.
Dentures are too expensive.
Before you decide you can’t afford dentures, you owe it to yourself to discuss your concerns with your dentist first. He or she can explain the available financing options, whether or not some or all of the procedure will be covered by your insurance and how much you can expect to pay for any repairs or adjustments that could potentially arise over the life of your dentures.
It’s important to also keep in mind that dentures aren’t strictly a cosmetic procedure, so even if they seem rather expensive upfront, they are a sound investment in not just the health and functionality of your teeth and oral health, but an investment in your quality of life as well.
Once you get dentures, you will no longer have to visit your dentist.
Because your mouth consists of far more than just your teeth, it is imperative you still visit the dentist twice a year for a cleaning and examination just as you would if you didn’t have dentures. During these checkups, your dentist and hygienist assess the health of not just your teeth, but your gums, tongue and tissues along the inside of your mouth as well. Without these checkups, early signs of disease can easily be overlooked and result in far more severe, not to mention costlier, issues down the road. So, for the sake of prolonging the life of your dentures and, more importantly, maintaining good oral health and hygiene, make sure you continue to visit the dentist as usual.
Everyone will know I’m wearing dentures.
While this may have been true in the past, denture technology has come a long way and nowadays they’re practically indistinguishable from your natural teeth. The only time they could potentially become noticeable is if they are improperly fit in the first place or if you fail to follow proper home care regimens. So long as you visit your dentist for routine cleanings and checkups and maintain optimal oral health habits, nobody will be able to tell you have them at all!
Dentures last forever.
Because dentures are made of porcelain or acrylic, materials that look as close to natural teeth as possible, and not steel, for example, they are still susceptible to chipping, cracking or breaking if not cared for and maintained properly. That said, you can extend the life of your dentures by caring for them accordingly and making sure to visit the dentist for routine cleanings and examinations.
Patients looking to get the absolute longest life out of their dentures should especially look into implant-supported dentures (a.k.a. “permanent dentures”), as these are the sturdiest type of dentures that can last an entire lifetime if cared for properly. Fortunately for those in Milford and the surrounding areas, permanent dentures are something at which we at Timothy J. Kitzmiller, DDS specialize!
The Premier Permanent Denture Provider in the Milford, Ohio Area
At Timothy J. Kitzmiller, DDS, we are steadfast in our dedication to helping patients like you achieve the healthy, beautiful, fully functional smile you deserve and will be proud to share with the world each and every day. We offer a comprehensive array of cutting-edge solutions for patients with missing or severely damaged teeth, including dental implants, removable dentures, implant-supported dentures and more.
To learn more about our variety of dental services or to speak with one of our friendly, knowledgeable dental specialists about which solution is right for your unique needs and goals, contact us online today!