Did you know that historians have discovered evidence of dentures dating all the way back to 2500 BC? Although they likely paled in comparison to today’s modern dentures, they nonetheless provided a suitable replacement for an individual’s natural teeth. While this little tidbit is based in fact, there are many myths that surround these prosthetic devices, some of which may prevent patients from pursuing dentures unnecessarily.
If you are curious about dentures and would like to get more information about them, then Dr. George and the staff at Mesquite Dental & Implant Center would love to speak with you. Don’t let any of the myths in today’s post deter you from exploring whether or not dentures are right for you. Check them out below and then contact us to schedule your consultation!
All Dentures Are the Same
You’ve probably heard the phrase, “You get what you pay for.” Dentures are no exception to this rule, and if you set out to find the cheapest dentures, you may have problems with the appearance, fit, and function that they provide. Our team is happy to help you determine whether or not dentures are covered by your insurance, and if they are not, then we will recommend the most cost-effective option for your needs that doesn’t skimp on quality.
People Will Know I Have Dentures
Many people who require dentures are already self-conscious about the appearance of their smile. Oftentimes, individuals who are considering dentures as a solution are worried about whether or not people will be able to tell they have false teeth. High-quality dentures are designed to look, feel, and function like your natural teeth, and when cared for properly, it is very likely that no one will know you have dentures unless you tell them.
I Won’t Be Able to Talk Properly
In addition to being concerned about the appearance of dentures, some individuals worry that having dentures will impact their ability to speak clearly. In truth, dentures that fit properly will not have any impact on your ability to speak, other than helping you speak more clearly if you were missing teeth. If your speech is affected by dentures, then it is likely that they are not seated properly or they do not fit as they should.
I Don’t Need to See the Dentist Once I Get Dentures
Naturally, we cringe when we hear this myth. Routine dental care is essential for optimal oral health at every stage of life, including before and after dentures. While you won’t be getting your teeth cleaned during your dental exam, your dentist will still perform routine cancer screenings and examine the soft tissues in your mouth. Your gums, tongue, and jaw can also be examined by your dentist to make sure they are all in good health.
I Won’t Be Able to Eat My Favorite Foods
This is one myth that may have a small bit of truth to it, as some people do have food restrictions put in place after they get dentures. More often than not, however, patients can still eat the same foods they have always enjoyed with a few modifications. For example, eating apple slices may prove easier for you than biting into a whole apple, and cutting corn off of the cob can make it easier to eat, also.
Dentures Are My Only Option
When individuals are missing one or more teeth, they may mistakenly think that dentures are the only option available to them for restoring their smile. This may be particularly true if someone is missing most or all of their teeth. Dentures are a great restorative option, but they are not the only option. Dental implants may be another way patients can restore their smile, and your dentist will be able to determine which option will work best for you.
Request a Consultation for Dentures in Mesquite!
Are you ready to talk to a dentist about dentures? The myths that we have reviewed here shouldn’t hold you back from getting the dazzling smile and self-confidence that you deserve. Be sure to give our Mesquite dental office a call today to learn more about dentures and how they can help restore functional beauty to your mouth. We would love to speak with you about your needs, including whether full dentures, partial dentures, or bridgework are best suited for your individual concerns. Call 972-285-8020 today to get started!