Behind that Smile: Dentures vs Implants

By: aG | Spunky Seniors Club® | January 2016  

If you want to take a bite out of life, strong, healthy teeth are essential.  They help us enjoy the foods we love, and an attractive Behind that Smilesmile is a confidence booster. When we’re young, we may take dental health for granted, but age, diet, and other factors can weaken our natural teeth and lead to damage and loss.  Fortunately, options exist that can maintain your smile. With dentures or implants, you don’t need to keep your mouth closed from shame or embarrassment, only to maintain the secret behind your pearly whites.

Living with Dentures

You might be surprised at how standard partial dentures work.  According to the GSK Group’s Press Release, a national survey uncovers the truth about partial dentures and find few people are doing enough to ensure their partial dentures are always in good condition.  While dentures and partials can look like natural teeth to the casual observer, they’re softer than enamel and require specialized care, including a special toothbrush.  A standard toothbrush can scratch dentures, making it easier for bacteria to take hold.

What to Expect 

Knowing what to expect as a first-time denture wearer can lead to an easier transition and reduce stress.  It’s okay to experience physical changes as you go from your natural teeth to wearing new partials or dentures. You’ll need some time to get used to the feel of your new teeth, and you may experience some discomfort within the first few weeks. 

Symptoms can include: 

– Full mouth feeling
– Soreness and irritation
– Increased saliva
– Gag reflex issues 

As you grow used to the sensation of your new teeth in your mouth, you’ll adapt and be able to resume all that you enjoyed before with your natural teeth. 

Eating and Talking

It’s common for denture wearers to experience difficulty eating and talking.  After all, you’re dealing with a new device in your mouth, so there may be a significant adjustment period.  Follow the tips your dental care provider recommends; they’ll enable you to to eat the foods you love and speak with poise. 

Give yourself time

Feeling anxious or overwhelmed is also common.  Don’t expect to adjust overnight; give yourself time to grow comfortable with eating, drinking, talking, and being out in public with other people. Your dentist and others on the dental care team can help you learn how making your new oral care regimen as easy as possible. The goal is to ensure you’re comfortable living in your new life with dentures so you can eat, speak and smile with confidence. 

How do I clean my dentures? A good oral care routine includes soaking and brushing your dentures with a better denture cleanser every day. Your choice of cleanser will clean and freshen your dentures without scratching them.

When Dentures Aren’t the Answer

When you need to replace multiple damaged or missing teeth, many of us think only of dentures. But they can sometimes cause more problems than the lack of teeth.  If you’re finding dentures difficult and repeat visits to the dentist aren’t reducing your pain or frustration, there’s another option available.


Implants can solve those problems that commonly plague denture wearers:

– Inability to bite down on a crunchy apple
– Insecurity about public speaking due to ill-fitting dentures 
– Discomfort when food particles get under dentures and cause pain

If these and other situations have you anxious about wearing dentures, you’ll want to consider implants ~ another way of obtaining a set of natural-looking, fully functioning teeth.

Be true to your teeth and they won’t be false to you. ~Soupy Sales

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