This four-part article series discusses the problems, challenges and repeat expenses associated with denture wearing, some of them as serious and potentially fatal as malnutrition.
Tooth loss is a pervasive problem in the United States. There are currently more than 33 million Americans living without a single original adult tooth, a state referred to as edentulism. In spite of the far more sophisticated and advantageous teeth replacement solutions offered by dentists in Colorado Springs CO - such as dental implants - a staggering number of these people still opt to have removable partial and full dentures placed.
In this four-part article series, we have endeavored to expose the true costs and challenges involved in wearing removable dentures: the pain, discomfort, repeated expenses, the need for refitting, premature aging, inability to eat properly, malnutrition and the overall decrease in quality of life and even life expectancy. If more people were aware of these crippling costs and challenges, more would choose to have teeth replaced with dental implants. The best-case scenario: more people would try to avoid tooth loss in the first place by caring for their teeth properly!
A Brief Recap of Part 3...
In our previous article post, part 3 of the series, we began discussing the daily challenges and expenses involved in being a denture wearer:
- Chronic bad breath
- The need to remove them after meals and at nighttime for cleaning
- The impediment of taste, temperature and texture sensation
- The triggering of the gag reflex
- Constant investment in anesthetic gels, soaking solutions, cleaning pastes and adhesives and the need to have dentures periodically refitted; the costs of which all add up tremendously in the long run.
Let’s examine a few more of these challenges:
- Dentures restrict your diet and the variety of foods you’re able to eat and enjoy. Dental implants facilitate a strong and natural bite, so you’ll never need to skim the menu for more manageable foods again!
- Dentures visibly move and shift around in the mouth during eating and speaking. This not only makes such activities tricky, it can also have a serious impact upon one’s self-esteem and social confidence.
- Low self-esteem and poor confidence are crippling in both the social and professional environment. Dental implants, which function, fit and feel like natural teeth and promote great smile aesthetics, dramatically improve upon a patient’s confidence. This sometimes even inspires other life improvements.
- Dentures need to be taken out for cleaning, which can prove very awkward when you’re out to dinner with friends! The replacement teeth supported by dental implants, on the other hand, are cleaned and maintained just like regular teeth.
- Dentures push down on and rub against the gums, causing sensitivity, pain, discomfort and the development of sores that aren’t given a chance to heal. Ill-fitting dentures can be so uncomfortable to eat with that many patients choose to eat without them!
- Dentures are bulky and push against the lips from inside the mouth. This causes them to look thin and stretched, contributing to aged facial and smile aesthetics. This causes a further decrease in self-esteem.
A Final Note on Dentures and Dental Implants
Removable dentures are an archaic solution to a historical problem that persists in society even today. As modern medicine and technology have progressed tremendously over the years, so too have the treatment capabilities of dentistry. Dental implants offer a far more sophisticated, comprehensive, long term and cost effective solution to rampant tooth loss and edentulism. They promote a healthy jawbone and restore bite function, youthful facial aesthetics and smile confidence. They are the best solution the dentist in Colorado Springs CO has to offer and one that will serve you exceptionally well for many decades.