Dentures have been used for generations to rebuild beautiful smiles after extensive tooth loss. Although they are a tried and proven method of replacing lost teeth, there are several rumors surrounding them. Don’t let misinformation stand in your way of restoring a healthy, functional, and beautiful smile. Here are the facts you need behind 4 common denture myths.
Myth #1: I’m too young for dentures.
Fact: There isn’t an age requirement for dentures.
Tooth loss doesn’t discriminate based on age. People in their 20s and 30s can lose most or all their natural teeth in one or both arches. You don’t have to wait for retirement to rehabilitate your smile. Instead, your dentist will consider other factors to determine if dentures are right for you, like your oral and general health.
Myth #2: Dentures look fake.
Fact: Dentures look and feel more realistic than ever.
Dentures closely mimic the appearance and function of real teeth, thanks to new technologies, techniques, and materials. No one will be able to tell they aren’t your natural teeth because they are carefully crafted from high-quality materials. You can smile, speak, and eat freely without worrying about someone noticing your teeth aren’t your own.
Myth #3: Dentures are uncomfortable.
Fact: Dentures fit comfortably with the right care.
Dentures are custom-made to fit your mouth like a glove. They rest on top of your gum tissue and are held in place using suction. Although it may take a few days to get used to wearing them, they will soon feel natural. However, if you don’t care for them properly at home or see a dentist regularly, your dentures can begin slipping or causing irritation. You can ensure your new teeth continue to fit snuggly by following your dentist’s aftercare instructions and visiting their office regularly for adjustments. If you are concerned about slipping or irritation, ask your dentist about adding the support of dental implants to your denture.
Myth #4: Dentures are too expensive.
Fact: You have several options to keep dentures affordable.
Every dental insurance plan differs, but most can be used to offset the cost of dentures. Your benefits can pay 50% to 80% of the cost of certain steps in your treatment, like preparatory procedures or restorations. Besides using your insurance, you can pay for your new smile using monthly installments through a third-party financing company, like CareCredit. Your dentist will review all your payment options to find the solutions you need to keep a complete smile within your budget.
Don’t let misconceptions about dentures prevent you from enjoying your best smile. If you have any questions about replacing your missing teeth, contact your dentist to get the facts you need to make the best decision for your smile.
About Dr. Matthew Nawrocki
Dr. Nawrocki earned his dental degree from the University of Florida College of Dentistry before continuing his education in prosthodontics to achieve his certification. As a member of various professional organizations, including the American College of Prosthodontics, he can treat the most complex cases of tooth loss. Contact our office today to request your consultation for a beautiful smile.