Facts & Myths About Dentures

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If you’re missing teeth and considering your options, don’t overlook dentures. Dentures have been around for so long that many people take them for granted. Dentures have come a long way in recent years thanks to advances in materials. Whether you’re considering partial or complete dentures in Saskatoon, don’t assume that you know everything you should know about today’s dentures. Here, for example, are five myths about dentures and the truth you need to know. At Saskatoon Smiles Dental Studio, we know the difference between fact and fiction and want you to know the straight goods and dentures and how they can solve your free and confident lifestyle.

Myth #1: Dentures are always removable

Many dentures are removable. Traditionally, people wearing dentures have removed their dentures at night. Now, though, you can be fit with dentures that do not have to be removed. In fact, they’ll be connected to abutments attached to implants that are securely and permanently rooted in your jaw. Implant-supported dentures offer permanent and fixed solutions for missing teeth.

Myth #2: Dentures mean you don’t have to go to the dentist

Dentures are not a substitute for ongoing dental treatment.  Whether you pursue partial or complete dentures in Saskatoon, you will still have to attend your dentist for regular checkups to ensure the health of your gums and jaw. The proper fit and performance of your dentures will depend on keeping your gums and jaw healthy. You’ll also need to see your denturist occasionally to ensure your dentures are fitting and performing properly without causing any soreness and without slipping.

Myth #3: Dentures look fake

Dentures get a bad rap on this front, and it may even have been true at one time. Especially if the person wearing dentures didn’t clean and maintain them properly. Today’s dentures though, are designed to look completely natural and to blend with your face, lips, and skin tone. Careful attention to hygiene and maintenance will help to maintain the natural appearance of your dentures for their full lifespan.

Myth #4: Dentures last a lifetime

Yes, dentures are a durable solution for tooth loss, but they are not immune from wear, damage, and deterioration. If you opt for implant-supported dentures, the implants can be expected to last for your lifetime, but the dentures attached to those implants may need occasional maintenance and will ultimately need to be replaced. Typically, traditional dentures should be replaced every decade to 15 years, but that lifespan depends entirely on your hygiene-related diligence and whether you sustain any accidents or injuries.

Myth #5: Dentures are only for the elderly

This may be one of the most persistent and pervasive myths about dentures. It’s persistence may have something to do with the fact that it might — in the past — even have been true. But not any longer. Dentures can solve tooth loss no matter how that tooth loss was caused. Tooth loss can be caused by factors as diverse as gum disease, diabetes, other illnesses, accidents, and injuries. All those factors that might justify an investment in complete or partial dentures in Saskatoon can affect people of any age young or old.

The choice you make about how to replace your teeth is an important one, one with implications that may last for years. While considering and investigating getting complete or partial dentures in Saskatoon, rely on facts rather than fiction. If you have any questions about how any of these facts affect you or how dentures can change your life, get in touch with a dentist to get answers to all your questions.