Hi fantastic people!
Today I’m going to cover the topic of dentures.
What is a denture?
A denture is an artificial substitute of lost tooth and surrounding structures. When a tooth is lost, it’s not only the tooth that’s missing, some tissues around like bone and gum are missing too. The function of a denture is to replace all of them in the form of a removable substitute.
There are 2 main types of dentures: one is complete denture when the patient has lost all their teeth, and another one is partial denture when only some teeth or lost. This could vary between one to several teeth.
In complete denture scenario, denture rests and sits on tissue and in partial nature scenario, there are still some teeth remaining that could support the denture, so both soft tissue and remaining teeth are providing support.
Now, let’s talk about 3 most important pros and cons of dentures:
- The first pro is that no surgery is required compared to the other options like implant. Doing dentures normally does not involve surgery. This could be an option for many people who simply are not willing to do the surgery. In case of some systemic conditions, there could be some risk involved if surgery is done.
- The second pro of denture is time. Denture treatment could be done in a relatively short amount of time compared to implant treatment. Implant treatment normally takes a few months to complete. In case of a denture, if the supporting tissues and teeth are sound, the treatment could be completed in as short as a couple of weeks.
- The last Pro is the cost, which I would say is the most important. Dentures could be done at much lower price compared to implants.
Now, let’s go to the cons:
- The first con of doing dentures is that it is removable. For some people it is hard to accept something removable in their mouth. Besides feeling they’re getting old, it’s mentally challenging. They hate putting their denture in a glass of water overnight.
- The second con is the functionality of dentures. Dentures rest on tissues, teeth, or both. The part that’s resting on tissues always wobbles and that’s a problem, because the tissue is compressible. This is why denture wearers always face some challenges when dealing with hard and crunchy food. It could move during function. Specially during speaking, it could sometimes be quite embarrassing.
- last con of dentures is bone shrinkage. What normally happens after tooth loss, as I told you in the previous blogs is that bone begins to remodel and shrink in size. In case of a denture, tissue shrinks even at a higher rate, because it is not naturally designed to bear the forces exerted by a denture. Therefore, the first denture always feels much better than the second and the second much better than the third. After a while, it’s virtually impossible to make a stable denture for the patient because tissues have shrunken to the extent where denture could not be retentive enough and therefore it’s unacceptable.
I hope this piece of writing could have helped you think more about having dentures if you plan to, and to look at the other options that could provide you with better functionality.
Thank you very much and enjoy your day!