Removable dentures have been around for ages, our grandparents wore them; even historical figures such as George Washington worn them at some point or another. So, it might seem like a good an inexpensive solution for edentulism (loss of teeth), but before you make your choice, you need to understand some of the risks that come with using a denture.
While being able to remove your denture and clean it anytime you’d like sounds like a good idea in theory, the fact of the matter is that for most people never quite get used to the idea, a removable denture never quite feels like the real deal, and this carries some hefty consequences in the long run.
Removable dentures and malnutrition
For example, several studies have shown that people with removable dentures tend to show higher levels of malnutrition when compared with regular folks; when asked about their daily diet, denture users expressed their dislike for hard foods (any food difficult to chew actually), this means that they avoided foods like celery, apples and carrots, preferring instead puffy and soft foods.
Removable dentures and anxiety
On the same vein, other studies have shown that people with removable dentures tend to feel stressed, showing higher levels of social anxiety due to the worries about “dentures falling off”. It’s important to understand that most the time these fears are unfounded, but even so, having to constantly worry about losing your teeth can be taxing.
Removable dentures bone degradation
There is also the matter of bone degradation, see, your natural teeth are affixed to your jawbone, providing the support and strength necessary to withstand the stress created by the pressure generated by your bite. When teeth are lost, the area is no longer needed (as there is nothing to support) so, as time passes the bone tissue and the muscle are absorbed by the body. This is a natural process which can change the shape of your face, giving you an old and sunken look.
What makes matters worse is that it has been shown that some dentures may even accelerate the process, what that means is that if you have removable dentures and are thinking about changing them it might be a good idea to do it as fast as possible, the more you wait the higher the odds of needing to replace your lost bone with a transplant.
What’s the solution then? Fortunately, implants have gained a lot of traction is the last decade, and so far, it has shown none of the side-effects of removable dentures.