Can I Replace My Teeth with Dentures?

By Mike Lomax | Oral Health

Jul 05

Can I Replace My Teeth with Dentures?

As long as you are in good general health, you can have your teeth removed and dentures made. The real issue is whether this is the right decision for you.

This critical decision must be made when you are pain free and not focused on other distractions. During stressful periods, people sometimes make hasty or wrong decisions. My first suggestion is that you seek counsel from an honest, passionate, and educated general dentist who can advise you of the pros and cons of dentures versus saving your natural teeth. You need to have a full examination, a full set of X-rays, and a lengthy examination. Below is a list of some common problems associated with full dentures on the upper and lower arches that you should be aware of:

Because you have a hard piece of plastic (the denture) pressed against your delicate gum tissue, you will feel pain.

Dentures get loose as the bone and gum underneath shrinks and realigns.

Upper and lower dentures often make a clacking noise, which can be embarrassing to some people.

Food does not taste as good since your palate is covered by the upper denture.

Sore spots develop at different places as you adjust to wearing the dentures.

They can look very artificial.

They must be taken out for cleaning, and in some cases, possibly left out overnight to give the soft tissues of your palate rest from the trauma of a rubbing denture.

When your dentures are out, your face looks older as the point from your nose to your chin decreases in height.

A lower denture is very difficult to keep stable since there are no natural undercuts to the lower jaw.

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