A lot of us were raised with the notion that tooth loss comes with maturity. “We’ll keep our teeth,” goes the thinking, “until they ‘wear out.’ Then it’s time for a denture.” The fact is, dentures are not a substitute for teeth. Dentures are a substitute for a condition known as no teeth at all.
More times than I want to count, I’ve heard people express remorse for removing sound natural teeth. Because life with a denture is very, very different.
Well, you counter, isn’t it cheaper in the long run just to extract them all? Here’s the laundry list of expenses you’ll incur: extractions, bone trimming, an immediate denture, the relines you’ll need in the first few months.
A year after extractions, you’ll pay for a long-term denture. Then come relines again. All this is expensive. Dentures must be replaced every five to 10 years.
Money aside, you may have to forego your favorite foods. Dentures don’t work the same as natural teeth, and never will. Dentures can be uncomfortable, too, just from normal chewing or clenching habits. Keeping your teeth means keeping a lifestyle you’re accustomed to.
Hang on to the teeth you have, for as long as you can. With all the new dental materials and refined procedures we have these days, dentures don’t have to be a part of your future. Today, there are choices. Implants are one of them.
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Mar 20, 2015
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