Dentures vs. Implants | 1Dental Blog

Dentures in Water
  • Adjustable. As time goes on, you may need to change the denture to better fit your mouth. The appliances can be easily modified to do so.
  • Affordable. Dentures have many benefits, one of the most prominent being that they tend to be affordable for dental work.
  • Natural Looking. For the most part, dentures will look natural in your mouth. The applications come in a variety of shapes, sizes and coloring to match the current state of your mouth.
  • No Surgery Required. For some people, surgery is a higher risk procedure or simply intimidating. Dentures do not require any type of surgery.
  • Support Oral Structure. Oftentimes, after losing teeth, your appearance may change slightly. Having dentures replace teeth will help restore some structure to your mouth.

Drawbacks of Getting Dentures

  • Can Weaken Other Teeth. Occasionally, food can get trapped in the dentures, posing a risk for cavities or decay on any remaining teeth. They might also cause gum irritation (or disease, if not taken care of). Partial dentures may also weaken natural teeth because of the clasps needed to hold the denture in place.
  • Fragile. Some dentures can be fairly breakable if dropped and should be handled carefully.
  • Higher Maintenance. Dentures need to be cleaned regularly in order to prevent further oral damage and maintain the quality of the materials. They should not be worn overnight.
  • Not Always Secure Fixed. Dentures aren’t always firmly in place, and can slip as time goes on due to the wearing of the appliance or jawbone changes. It may also be difficult for a person to speak or chew if the dentures are having trouble staying in.
  • Restrict Types of Food. Foods that are sticky or especially crunchy (like nuts or almonds) would need to be eaten in moderation. Other foods that can be hard to eat, like corn on the cob or steak, should probably be avoided for eating ease with dentures.
  • Needs Replacing. About every 3-6 years, you can expect to need to replace your dentures. If you have chosen an appliance that has a metal framework, it should last slightly longer than other models.

Maintaining Oral Health w/ Dentures

You should clean your dentures everyday just like you would with your normal teeth. Remove the application, rinse it and use a soft bristle toothbrush (with non-abrasive cleaner) to carefully clean the surfaces. This will help prevent scratches. When you take your dentures out, keep them covered in water to maintain their shape. (Note: You can use a different denture cleaning option, like Polident®, but you should avoid using chemicals such as bleach.) read more

How to Eat Well as a Senior | 1Dental Blog

How to Eat Well as a Senior

Post In: Food / Health By Katie GayleApril 6, 2016

Have you ever been told by the doctor to start eating more healthily? It’s not the most fun thing to hear – but it is true. As we age, our bodies need more help to properly function on their own. One of the best ways seniors can get the vitamins and nutrition is by eating the right kinds of food. read more