Posted on: 18 June 2015
It can be difficult for many dental patients to think about their missing teeth, and the need to get dentures to replace them. Some people may put off getting dentures for their missing teeth as they may associate dentures with getting old, or may not look forward to the process of cleaning them, applying pastes when putting them into the mouth, and so on. Before you assume that you should just live with your missing teeth and try to hide your mouth as much as possible, note a few advantages of dentures.
1. They can protect your overall diet
If you have teeth that are missing or decayed teeth that make it painful to chew, you may find yourself changing your diet to accommodate. Your new diet might include soft foods and liquids, and you may start to avoid meat, fruits with tough outer skins like apples, and even certain vegetables. If you're embarrassed to cut up these foods into manageable bites, your overall diet and in turn, your health may suffer.
Dentures were once made for the sake of appearance alone but today they're meant to be functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. They can allow you to enjoy your favorite foods and to maintain a healthy diet without worrying about mouth pain or the embarrassment of having to puree foods before eating.
2. Dentures help you to avoid speaking problems
People who are missing teeth can have a hard time speaking clearly, as the teeth work to support the jaw and tongue during speech. If this is true in your case, you may find that you avoid talking on the phone or to coworkers because people don't readily understand you. Dentures can fill in those open pockets of teeth so that your tongue and jaw are fully supported during the movements of speech, and you can speak clearly and easily.
3. Dentures can support the bones and muscles of the face
When teeth are missing, the bones of the jaw can actually begin to deteriorate. Without teeth, the bones may shift and in turn, the actual shape of the face may change. The muscles of the face are also supported by teeth, and without them, these muscles can also become weaker. This can lead to more problems with speaking and chewing, and affect a person's overall appearance and self-esteem. Dentures can support the bones and muscles of the face so that they stay strong and do not deteriorate over time.
If you're missing teeth, it's time to seriously think about what dentures can do for your oral health. Contact clinics like The Denture Centre to meet with a denturist and learn more.Share