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5 Common Myths About Dentures

March 7, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Jeremy Jorgenson @ 3:57 am
older person with dentures smiling

If you’ve lost several or all of your teeth and are looking to fill in your smile, dentures offer a reliable, time-tested solution for replacement. These traditional appliances have been around for centuries in one way or another and restore your ability to bite, smile, and eat with confidence. However, despite their effectiveness, there are misconceptions about dentures. Let’s debunk five common myths surrounding them.

Myth #1: I Can Wear My Dentures All Day and Night

Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth that require nightly removal. It’s important to clean them thoroughly with a non-abrasive toothbrush to remove plaque and food particles accumulated during the day. After cleaning, soak them in water or denture cleaning solution overnight. Before wearing them again in the morning, rinse off any excess solution.

Myth #2: Dentures Aren’t Custom-Made

This myth is entirely false because dentures are custom-made to fit each individual perfectly. Your dentist will take precise measurements and create a mold to ensure that your dentures fit comfortably and securely in your mouth, tailored specifically to you.

Myth #3: Dentures Are Unattractive

Despite portrayals in TV shows and movies, well-made dentures can appear natural and feel comfortable when worn. A skilled dentist will strive to make dentures that closely resemble your natural teeth, making adjustments as needed to achieve a lifelike appearance and comfortable fit.

Myth #4: Dentures Last a Lifetime

While some may believe that a single set of dentures lasts a lifetime, the reality is they typically need replacement every five to 10 years. Proper maintenance, including regular cleaning and nightly soaking, can help prolong their lifespan.

Myth #5: You Have to Use Adhesive with Your Dentures

Denture adhesive serves to secure your restorations in place. While dentures should ideally fit snugly to prevent slipping during daily activities like eating and speaking, some individuals may require adhesive if the fit isn’t perfect. If your dentures move excessively and hinder your daily functioning, it’s advisable to consult your dentist for further assistance.

As evident, there are numerous misconceptions surrounding dentures, but it’s essential to consult your dentist for accurate information tailored to your specific needs. They can provide you with comprehensive guidance to ensure you have all the necessary facts about these beneficial restorations!

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At Advanced Dental Care, our talented team offers a wide range of dental services, including preventive, cosmetic, and restorative treatments. Our team of skilled dentists and specialists is dedicated to providing personalized care tailored to your specific needs. We take pride in restoring smiles with high-quality, lifelike dentures for patients with missing teeth. If you’re interested in learning more about dentures or scheduling a consultation, visit our website or give us a call at (714) 424-9099.