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Dentures: Pros and Cons


November 7, 2016

Let’s face it, no one wants dentures. We would all rather keep our teeth as long as they are healthy and not causing pain. Unfortunately, some people are unable to keep their teeth for a lifetime. The great news is, there are ways to replace missing teeth! Dental implants are the best option for replacing missing teeth. There are many reasons that people steer away from dental implants, although usually it is due to finances. With that said, it is very important to understand the pros and cons of dentures.

Dentures, whether partial or full, replace missing teeth. They can be placed immediately following the removal of teeth. The look real. They assist in chewing and digestion of food. And dentures keep the cheeks from caving in due to tooth loss. They are held in by adjacent teeth or by suction when no teeth remain. Dentures must be taken in and out daily for cleaning and rest the tissues that they cover. When in place food and bacteria often get trapped underneath them. This can be very uncomfortable. When loose, dentures can rock, move, and even fall out when talking. Dentures do not protect bone levels so over time the bone will dissolve making it very difficult to keep a good fitting denture. Partial dentures create issues of decay or weaken supporting teeth. This often leads to the loss of further teeth.

We understand the economic hurdles that are involved in choosing between dentures and implants. Whatever decision you make about tooth replacement, we can help! Our goal is to educate you of all pros and cons and support you in your decision.

Until next time,

Keep smiling, sharing, and caring.

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