Tired of living with denture problems?
Meet John. John suffered from denture problems and he will tell you all about his story.
Losing all of your teeth and living with removable dentures can be very difficult. As a denture wearer, you may be suffering from challenges such as:
- Difficulty eating
- Social embarrassment and phobias
- Reduced taste
- Sore spots, and
Denture Challenge #1: Difficulty Eating
When was the last time you were able to bite into a crisp apple, or dig into a juicy steak? If you wear dentures, then you probably can’t recall what a lot of your favourite food even taste like. Wearing dentures can significantly reduce your ability to eat and enjoy your favourite foods. In fact, denture wearers experience a reduction in bite-force (ability to bite) of up to 10 times, and a decrease in chewing efficiency of nearly 30%. In fact, 17% of denture wearers claim they eat more efficiently without their dentures! (What is the point of having false teeth if you can’t even use them?) This reduced ability to chew means that denture wearers are swallowing larger pieces of food. This can lead to digestive complications for, such as indigestion, choking hazards, and constipation.
Denture Challenge #2: Reduced Taste
Of course, there are foods that denture wearers can still eat. However, the joy derived these foods is greatly reduced by the fact that upper dentures cover your palate. Along with our tongues, our palates contain taste buds, too. So, an upper denture covering your palate will greatly reduce your ability to taste. As a result, many denture wearers tend to over-salt their food in an attempt to taste what they are eating. More salt puts people at an increased risk of higher blood-pressure, which can lead to serious health consequences.
Denture Challenge #3: Sore Spots
Some people think that wearing dentures is a real pain - both figuratively, and literally! Sore spots are a common complaint amongst people who wear false teeth. When wearing tissue-supported dentures, your prosthetic will often move around, and rub on your gums. This movement of a loose denture can cause blistering of the area called sore spots. These sore spots can be very painful, and make it even more difficult to eat.
Denture Challenge #4: Inconvenience
Think of dentures, and you probably envision a set of false teeth in a glass of water. This image is so common, because denture wearers need to put their dentures in a glass every night before they go to sleep. Just imagine the inconvenience of having to remember to remove and clean your dentures night after night. Furthermore, many denture wearers would agree that there is nothing more frustrating than losing their dentures! However, any time you take your dentures out of your mouth, there is always the chance that you'll forget where you put them. Worse yet, someone rings the doorbell, and you can't find your dentures! Certainly not an enjoyable situation, proving yet again, just how inconvenient wearing dentures can be.
Denture Challenge #5: Social Phobias
There are few things more humiliating than having your dentures flop out your mouth while speaking to someone else. But that is precisely what many people who wear dentures are concerned about every time they open their mouths. For many denture wearers, balancing false teeth with their tongue becomes almost an art form unto itself. No doubt, loose dentures can lead to very embarrassing situations. Often, denture wearers simply withdraw from social activities, such as going out with family and friends, and even dating. The idea of a new friend or partner finding out about their dentures is just too intimidating. Some denture wearers are so concerned that someone might discover they wear dentures, they simply prefer to stay home - alone. This behaviour can lead to isolation, loneliness, and even depression. If you are suffering from any of the above denture challenges,