October 1, 2019 Are Dentures Right For You? Many people delay getting dentures, thinking that they are somehow only for the elderly and by getting dentures, you have to admit that you are, in fact… older. But that’s not true… The truth is, many people, including young, healthy people, have dentures. And, many older Americans also have dentures. Dentures do not define a person, and they certainly do not automatically age you. You may be surprised to find out that a set of dentures has the potential to give you a new lease on life. A set of dentures can make you look younger and even make you feel healthier! Perhaps even, BE healthier! Dentures replace teeth that have been lost due to damage. This damage could be due to illness, a traumatic injury (for example: a sports injury such as hockey), or due to cavities and infections leading to extraction—and unfortunately, that can happen at any age. Dentures restore a full smile, the ability to chew food, and live without dental pain by removing the teeth that are no longer healthy. A white toothy smile gives the wearer confidence, the appearance of youth and health. With dentures also comes the freedom many have lost to chew the foods they love. Many patients with lost or damaged teeth find themselves missing their favorite dishes, and the variety of food, because they can’t eat them due to lack of teeth or pain. Dentures can change all that! A dentures consultation will start the process. We will examine your remaining teeth and mouth, take x-rays and schedule an appointment to extract teeth that need to be removed. After the extraction you will need to heal for a little while, usually about a week. Then you will have another appointment for a fitting, where we will take molds of your mouth. The dentures will be made for you and when they are completed, you will come in to have them put in, and we will show you the best way to care for your new teeth. Also, we will give you all of the information you need to know about any adjustment period you will have depending on your unique situation. Dentures are easy to care for, the process is straightforward, and each set is custom created for the wearer’s unique mouth to ensure a proper, comfortable fit. If you are anxious about getting dentures, we can help discuss the pros and cons for you as well as alternatives that may be available. Give us a call today for a consultation. We will walk you through the process, determine if a full set, or partial dentures is right for you, and discuss cost. In many cases insurance will cover some or all of the cost of your new dentures. Soon you will be on your way to a bright, healthy new smile!