Some of us don't realize what we have until we lose it, like our teeth, for example. Despite the many reminders and advances in technology, a lot of people still lose their teeth.
Dentures may benefit those who have lost all of their natural teeth, whether from gum disease, tooth decay or injury. That’s because replacing missing teeth makes it easier for a person to eat and speak better than he could without teeth.
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Without most of your teeth, facial muscles can sag and make you look older. Dentures can also help create a fuller and more youthful facial profile. They can be designed so they closely resemble your natural teeth and you won’t feel so self-conscious about having such a drastic change in your appearance.
If you opt for dentures, it’s important to note that:
- It may feel awkward wearing them for a few weeks until you get used to them.
- Your dentures may also feel a bit loose as the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place.
- With dentures, it’s not unusual to experience minor soreness and irritation
- You may also find that salivary flow temporarily increases
These problems should go away as soon as you become accustomed to your dentures.
A common misconception is that once someone has dentures, regular visits to the dentist are no longer necessary. Dental check-ups are generally needed after a denture is inserted so the fit can be checked and properly adjusted. The mouth is constantly changing, and signs of serious illnesses often show in the mouth.
Even if you wear full dentures (and you think no amount of bacteria can get to your new & improved teeth), you still have to practice good oral hygiene.