The Dangers of Dentures & How Permanent Bridges Can Help You Avoid Them

Dentures are great solutions to replace missing or diseased teeth, but it’s important to understand the risks associated with them. These disadvantages may be of high concern depending on an individual’s health and wellbeing. The dangers of dentures mentioned below can start during (or even after) denture usage. 

Consider these denture drawbacks as you make your decision.

 

Comfort concerns

While using dentures, patients may feel pain or discomfort while performing normal oral functions like talking or eating. Many factors contribute to discomfort and pain, so it may be solvable. 

For example, oversized dentures extend beyond the normal contours of the mouth and will induce discomfort upon wearing, chewing, and talking. Dentures that are too small will not fit properly to the contours of the mouth and may move around in the mouth, producing discomfort. 

Ill-fitted dentures—both small and oversized—will cause gum and soft tissue irritation that leads to cuts, tears, and inflammation.

 

Aesthetic issues

Sometimes, a set of dentures may not correspond well to the overall structure of the mouth and can look artificial and aesthetically unpleasing. The teeth or gums on the denture may look extra-long or short, making an individual’s look appear unnatural which can significantly lower self-esteem and damage one’s confidence.

 

Speech problems

Speaking with dentures can prove to be a difficult task. It may take a while to get used to pronouncing words with clarity when wearing these new dental appliances. 

 

Eating difficulties

Eating hard, crunchy foods with dentures is a tough job! An individual with dentures will likely have trouble chewing cooked meat, as well as raw foods like carrots, apples, and almonds. Since these foods are rich in protein and vitamins, abstaining from them due to one’s dentures can cause nutritional deficiencies and poor health in general.

 

Deterioration of jawbone

Over time, the jawbone grows new bone tissue to stay strong and formidable. By putting excessive pressure on the jawbone, though, an ill-fitting denture inhibits the development of new tissue. Eventually, the jawbone tissue wears down and results in gradual bone loss.

 

Avoiding these Dangers with Permanent Bridges

Dental bridges are a permanent solution to the missing or lost teeth that are generally more favored by patients than dentures. They are permanent dental appliances that function similarly to natural teeth and look beautiful! 

A permanent bridge is made up of crowns that are fused together to form a single unit that functions as a whole fixture. Since it is permanently secured onto pre-existing teeth, they are comfortable and you never have to worry about replacing them. Plus, there will be no difficulties in eating and talking!

Every dental patient looks for comfort and aesthetics when seeking the perfect solution for reclaiming their smile. Of course, every individual is different so opinions and recommendations may vary based on a patient’s needs. Regardless, the best way to live a healthy life is to consult a professional dentist and get a permanent, long-lasting dental solution. 

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