Should I Get Dentures

Think Dentures Can Replace Your Teeth? Think Again.  June 15, 2015 – 08:05 am
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I want to talk today about dentures, but probably not in the way you expect. I want to talk about dentures as opposed to your regular teeth, and how they are not nearly the same.

The reason I decided on this topic was because I hear -- quite often -- patients saying things like "oh, I wish you could just pull my teeth and give me dentures, " or something similar. Usually the people saying this need extensive (and expensive) dental work, and they figure that dentures are an easy fix. After all, dentures seem like a no-brainer, right? No cavities, no root canals, no bridges, etc. No expense of going to the dentist every six months, no insurance worries when your dentist tells you that a root canal and crown are needed, etc.

Essentially, the people thinking the above are looking for a "tooth do-over." They want the reset button hit, and to start over again with teeth that do not need dental work. Well, I don't mean to disappoint, but as an NYC cosmetic dentist, I can tell you firsthand that it really doesn't work that way.

I know you hear this all the time, but I will reiterate it -- there is no perfect substitute for your natural teeth. Bridges and implants come the closest (by a wide margin, really). But given a choice, a mouthful of healthy natural teeth is preferable to even implants. And your natural, healthy teeth are far (and I mean really far) superior to dentures. Dentures, in my opinion, should be seen as a last resort.

Let me tell you the biggest thing about natural teeth and your dentures. As a professional dentist, I can attest that for most adults, your bite force with your natural teeth is somewhere around 200-250 pounds of force. Some a little less, some a little more, but that's the sweet spot. With dentures, your bite force is about 50 pounds of force. That's a significant drop off. That's the difference between eating a steak, and eating oatmeal. Do you like oatmeal? For dinner?

The reason for this disparity is your natural teeth are set solidly in your jawbone. Rigid and strong, they handle chewing food with astonishing efficiency. Dentures, on the other hand, rest against your gums. They can be "fixed" all you want with gels and the like, but the fact is, it's not a strong base. There's just "nothing" behind your bite, so to say. Especially on your bottom teeth, where the denture is largely held in place by gravity and your mouth muscles.



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Question, should dentures still feel funny weeks

Later. I had all my uppers and lowers pulled a couple few weeks back. Feels like I have a mouth full of marbles. Swelling and still learning how to use the muscles in my mouth to hold the dentures in place. I still on soft or liquid foods, my favorite is ice cream, ice cream shakes, cream soups, blended soups, banana smoothies, custard if it's soft enough and no fruit topping just whipped cream, sometimes very thin mashed potatoes and gravy, scrambled eggs, soft hash browns, and macaroni and cheese. How long before I can get back to steak, corn on the cob and apples with no problems or slippage

Alright I need to blog and get this all out LONG

Number one:
My bil showed up at my house last night. Quick back story: he fucked another girl in his house before his deployment. He and my sister sep. she is not dating someone else and he is home. We talked for hours and I told him to get his life in order and give him a reason to make my sister look at him again. I am hopeful!
Number two: MIl called me last night bc her front tooth fell out. She syas after the chemo her oncologist told her, her teeth would be very weak and she should pull them and get dentures. I freaked out when she told me and asked when she was going to the dentist and she said AFTER Xmas bc she wasn't going to have money left after presents!!!!! OMG

Patients should do the research

People who are first getting dentures or who already have a denture and are getting a new one should do more research into how dentures are made. They will find that in most cases you get what you pay for. I am just trying to give them the basics so they can do the research. Like I said in my other posts I am sure that you and others can add to what to look and research for.

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