Myths And Facts about Dentures
Here are some common misconceptions and the real facts.
Myth: Once I receive my new dentures, I’m set for life.
Fact: According to the American Dental Association, dentures should be replaced every 5-7 years. Natural teeth wear down and stain over the years; your dentures will too. The tissue in your mouth and jaw bone changes constantly. As a result, your dentures will require adjusting and rebasing periodically so that they continue to fit perfectly.
Myth: Once I receive my new dentures, I don't have to go to the dentist anymore.
Fact: You will need to see your dentist at least once a year so that any corrective measures with the fit of your dentures may be taken and serious problems avoided. And be sure to see your dentist at the first sign of irritation or frequent sore spots on your gums, no matter how minor you may feel it to be.
Myth: I will never be able to eat foods like apples and corn on the cob with dentures.
Fact: Although eating with dentures takes adjustment, don't be discouraged. You will learn to bite and chew in a slightly different way. You will likely be able to enjoy eating apples, corn and many other foods you have been avoiding when you have mastered the art. Your dentist will be happy to help you work through any problems you encounter.
Myth: It will take a lifetime to adjust to my new dentures.
Fact: Dentures are a substitute for your natural teeth and will therefore take some getting used to. Some people will feel comfortable with their dentures in a week, some will take longer. But your facial muscles and oral tissues will adapt to the dentures in a very short time and you should soon feel quite comfortable with them. If not, be sure to contact your dentist. You may need a simple adjustment.
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