Losing your teeth can be a very traumatic time. No one wants to admit that its time to have their natural teeth replaced, but the costs of waiting to get dentures can be heartbreaking. I have personally seen the emotional damage that can be done when you wait to start your denture program. The lack of confidence that not having a full and healthy-looking set of teeth can cause can be damaging to both your social and professional life. See our article, Smiling Is Good For Your Health, on the benefits of having a beautiful smile for more information on the effects that smiling has on your health. Deciding to get your dentures is the first step in getting your smile back, and here are the ways that dentures can help:
Losing the teeth can cause the mouth to become pursed and retain a “caved-in” look because it no longer has the bone structures in the mouth to hold the mouth’s shape. The teeth support our cheeks and lips and when we lose our teeth that support system is no longer there. By getting dentures, you can replace the lost support structures and give your mouth a natural and healthy look again.
Missing many of the teeth, or having no teeth at all, can drastically impact your diet. If you are missing a lot of teeth you are limited in the foods you can chew and may have to cut some favorite foods from your diet because they are too difficult to chew. If you are missing all of your teeth this disadvantage is multiplied tenfold. You are resigned to eat only foods with soft or liquid structures which is not only unpleasant for you but it can also lead to poor diet and malnutrition. By replacing your lost teeth through dentures or partial dentures you can get back to eating all the foods you love.
We often overlook this aspect of our speech, but the teeth are actually very involved in helping to form the sounds in the mouth when we speak. Without teeth, especially those toward the front of the mouth, forming the mouth and tongue in a way to produce certain sounds can be difficult and in some cases near impossible. With a set of dentures or partials you can regain your ability to pronounce words with ease. Dentures do not impair phonetics, so you should be able to regain your speaking abilities very quickly after getting your new dental prosthetic.
Last but not least, missing teeth takes a great toll on your confidence. With new dentures or partials you can feel like smiling again in public, and enjoy yourself more. Instead of spending all of your time out subconsciously questioning whether everyone is noticing your teeth, you can use that brain power to focus on enjoying your life.
It’s no secret that have a full set of teeth and a beautiful smile are beneficial to us all. That’s why it’s important not to delay getting a set of partials or dentures if you are missing some or all of your teeth. Having a full set of teeth will make you look and feel better, and after you have them you’ll wonder why you waited so long to get them! If you are interested in making the right step toward dentures, please don’t be afraid to call Dr. James A. Wells at South Charlotte Dentistry. With Dr. Wells’ friendly and discrete environment, you can feel confident that you’re in good hands. If you would like to make an appointment, please don’t hesitate to call 704-759-0908.