Millions of people worldwide wear full dentures. While we often associate this aging, wearing full dentures is not just limited to older adults. Illness, accidents — sometimes even pregnancy — can contribute to tooth loss and, in a number of cases, this affects younger individuals as well.
Young or old, the psychological consequences of losing teeth can be severe.
Several studies have suggested that a smile is very often the first thing people notice about another person. So, losing one’s teeth can be devastating in a variety of ways.
Toothlessness may affect digestion. This, in turn, can influence nutrition and health. There can be issues with self-esteem, intimacy, and a host of other areas most people wouldn’t normally take the time to consider.
This is stressful enough. But having to now replace the teeth can also become stressful for some.
Many people worry about whether they will be able to eat with their dentures. Will people notice that they are wearing them? Will they sound funny when they speak? Will it hurt to eat with the dentures? Will they be able to chew their food? How will the dentures affect the ability to taste food? Will the dentures slip when they talk? What can they afford?
These are natural concerns, but for the first-time wearer, they add up to a lot of unknowns.
The truth is that no two situations are alike. But almost all denture challenges have solutions.
Another thing to consider is that there are many ways to go about addressing total tooth loss. The solutions depend upon a person’s preferences, financial options, and — frankly — anatomy.
If a person were building a house and they decided to hire an architect, the architect would undoubtedly first gather a lot of information about the project. For example: Where is he going to be building? What does the client want: a log cabin or a mansion? What does the foundation look like? What is the client’s budget?
In some ways, restoring a person’s smile is not too dissimilar.
For the person without teeth, they may be surprised to learn that there are multiple ways to go about replacing the teeth. The length of time will vary with each approach, as well as the cost.
To help clarify the options and give some sense of the costs, I put together a report that helps discusses different levels of care, from simple to more complex. Included is a sense of the pros and cons of each approach, and a general price range at today’s rates. Of course, this can vary widely from area to area and doctor to doctor.
There is no cost or obligation to download the report. We just hope it helps to clarify some of the questions many people have about dentures.