To get dentures, or not to get dentures? That is the question.
Whether it is better to replace missing teeth, or deal with the difficulties of living with a gappy smile. To struggle with speech and eating or fix the problem with one treatment.
Make no mistake, missing teeth do cause oral health problems. And left untreated these can cause further problems, not just to your oral health but also to your overall health.
3 reasons dentures are worth it
It is still a popular misconception that missing teeth is only a cosmetic issue. In truth, this is only one small concern when it comes to missing many teeth.
Missing teeth can affect your speech and eating as well as the health of the jawbone.
With a full or partial denture, you can:
- replace teeth
- maintain good oral health
- eat comfortably
- speak better than you would with missing teeth
1. Dentures can help your jaw
When you lose a tooth (or teeth), the jawbone that help the tooth root starts to atrophy. This does not grow back. It cannot grow back.
Your jawbones need stimulation, which they get when you chew. Essentially: the pressure of your teeth coming together helps keep your jawbone healthy.
So, every tooth you lose contributes to a loss of jawbone density.
Dentures can help solve this problem.
2. Dentures can help with speech
Some variations of sound are only possible to make because of the combination of teeth and tongue. In fact, some sounds aren’t possible without certain teeth for the tongue to interact with. For example:
- “F” and “V” sounds require your upper teeth contact your lower lips.
- For “J” and “Zh” (treasure, judge, explosion) sounds require the lower and upper teeth to meet.
- the “TH” sound involves your tongue contacting your upper row of teeth.
Speech is such an important part of our lives. With missing teeth, it can be difficult to clearly communicate and express yourself.
Dentures can replace some or a whole arch of teeth to help restore your speech.
3. Dentures can help with eating
Missing teeth can make it harder, and sometimes uncomfortable, to chew food. Also, an insufficient number of teeth can also cause you to only eat on one side of your mouth. This has the knock-on effect of affecting your face and jaw muscles.
By replacing missing teeth with dentures, you can eventually:
- get back to a more balanced diet
- eat with both sides of your mouth
- eat without discomfort
Are dentures worth it?
Dentures provide support and stability in your mouth that can allow you to eat, speak and laugh comfortably. Full or partial dentures are designed to look like your natural teeth, so they will blend in seamlessly with your smile.