In the past, full mouth dentures were the only dental appliances for patients who have lost most of their natural teeth. They looked close to natural teeth and you could still use them to eat some of the foods that you used to enjoy. The inconvenience of the gels and pastes were just a necessary evil to be able to smile again.
As great as dentures may seem, after wearing them you will discover that they are not as functional as you had imagined that they would be. Some of the drawbacks include:
Dentures and many of your favorite foods are not very compatible. Coffee, red wine, popcorn, nuts and breads with seeds are just some of the things that should be avoided to avoid discomfort or damage to your dentures.
Care and maintenance
Even though they aren’t real teeth, dentures still require regular cleanings and you will also need to brush your gums, roof of your mouth and tongue daily.
Full mouth dentures are not permanent. In order to affix them in place you must use an adhesive product in the form of a powder, gel, paste or wafer. They can be messy and your dentures can still slip while you are speaking or eating.
One of the lesser-known roles of your teeth is to keep your jawline in shape. When pressure is placed on your jawbone while chewing, it ensures that the underlying alveolar bone does not dissolve and your jawline isn’t altered. Dentures are unable to supply the pressure necessary to maintain sufficient bone so that your facial appearance does not change.
If your goal is to have a fully-functioning smile that looks and works just like real teeth, full mouth dentures are not the answer. Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants has permanent alternatives that will allow you to enjoy life to the fullest without the loss of function that dentures create. To learn more, schedule an appointment with Dr. DeAndrade today.