Problems with Dentures|
Problems with Dentures... in a nutshell:
Most people with removable dentures are unhappy with them for various reasons.
* Chewing efficiency is seriously reduced (less than half the efficiency with natural teeth)
* Altered taste sensation including that of temperature sensation
* Bad breath
* Dentures require some time to get used to... there is a small percentage of denture patients who do not wear their dentures... mostly the lower. There is a small percentage who have quit wearing dentures and they prefer to go toothless!
* Compromised chewing efficiency will restrict food intake and compromise nutritional requirements... can seriously affect health and lifespans. Nursing homes are filled with people who keep their teeth in a drawer by their bed.
* Dentures can cause food to taste differently. Certain flavors cannot be experienced and some of the foods will appear tasteless. It is difficult to experience temperature variations in the food too... for instance in the case of drinking hot soup or an icecream.
* Denture sores or ulcerations. These problems increase with years as the denture becomes ill fitting. Very often doctors advise patients to discontinue wearing the dentures for a few days to permit the healing of the sores. Yeast infections can also result from ill fitting dentures.
* Dentures have unique care and maintenance requirements - eg. dentures will need to be taken out of your mouth often to be cleaned properly and must soak in water or a suitable cleaning solution several hours a day both for the sake of your oral health and the quality of the device. Certain dentures will also need the use of adhesives.
* Slippery and loose. When they slide around, they can interfere with speech and chewing. More so in the case of lower.
* Denture adhesives are messy and uncomfortable...
* Dentures make it harder to speak for first-time users.
* Unwanted Sounds – Dentures that move can result to unwanted sounds that resemble clicking or smacking, which can be a source of embarrassment for the wearer.
* Jawbone shrinkage...it continues at a steady pace and turns dentures ill-fitting
* Often restrict the denture wearers activities. A person wearing ill-fitting and problematic dentures will be restricted socially. Physical and sporting activities such as swimming will be severely affected.
* Affects interpersonal relations including sexual relations in healthy, aged couples
* Facial collapse can occur... The aged look sets in... After ten or fifteen years, this facial collapse can be so advanced that the person can become a dental cripple, with the face sunken and being no longer able to wear any denture at all.
* Psychologically, people feel debilitated and few people want others to know that their teeth are removable
Surveys show that most people with removable dentures are unhappy with them. There is good reason for this dissatisfaction. Chewing efficiency is seriously reduced when your teeth are no longer anchored in your jawbone. There is also rubbing against the soft tissues of the mouth which can cause denture sores. And sometimes they cause embarrassment by coming loose at the wrong time. Few people want others to know that their teeth are removable.
And there is one particular problem that can become very serious, and that is shrinkage of your jawbone. Once you have no more natural teeth, your body begins to dissolve away your jawbone, thinking it is no longer needed. This causes facial collapse. After ten or fifteen years, this facial collapse can be so advanced that you become a dental cripple, with your face sunken in and no longer able to wear any denture at all.
The Problem with Dentures
Here are some of the problems people have:
They slip and slide around. The uppers are held in place by suction and are generally more stable than the lowers. The lowers simply rest on the lower jawbone and are held in place by your cheeks and your tongue. They "float." You need to train your muscles to keep them in place. And when you chew or speak, both uppers and lowers will move—the lowers more than the uppers. You can't avoid that, because they rest on movable tissue.
They are removable, which means they can come out. There can be embarrassing accidents if they come out at the wrong time. In the first few years, they tend to be more stable, but as the years go by it can become quite a challenge to keep them in place. And even when they do stay in place, in the back of your mind there is always the thought that they could slip, which affects your confidence.
To keep them from sliding around and coming loose at the wrong times, you will likely end up using denture adhesives. These adhesives are messy and uncomfortable.
Chewing efficiency is always reduced. With a well-fitting complete denture, it may only be cut in half. And it goes down from there. With poorly-fitting dentures, some people can barely chew at all, and may even have to completely restrict their diet to soft foods, which seriously affects their health and can shorten their lifespans. Nursing homes are filled with people who keep their teeth in a drawer by their bed.
They can cause sores in your mouth. Early on, if your denture is well-fitting, this isn't as much of a problem. But when you've been wearing dentures for ten or more years and your jawbone has shrunk and become less supportive, this can become a serious problem. Often, all that will be left in the lower jaw will be a sharp ridge that tends to develop sore spots easily no matter how well your denture is made.
But the worst problem with removable complete dentures is shrinkage of your jawbone. When your body senses that you have no teeth left, it begins to resorb that bone in order to use the minerals elsewhere in your body. This not only causes your face to gradually shrivel into the classic "aged look," but as time goes on it gets more and more difficult to wear a complete denture. In time, you become a dental cripple, and it is difficult or impossible to wear a denture that will actually stay in, or to eat normally. This condition is called "facial collapse."