Thursday, November 5, 2015

Why You Don't Want Dentures

I'm amazed at how often people will tell me "just pull them all and give me dentures".

Dentures are fake and will never be as good as real teeth. I tell people that if I made the best fake legs ever, it would be be impossible for them to function as real legs. They would most certainly be displeased with even "the best fake legs ever".

Let me tell you why you don't want dentures. Here are 15 reasons why:

  1. Dentures are big bulky pieces of acrylic that you have to keep in your mouth.
  2. You may have difficulty tasting your food.
  3. You may not feel the temperature of the foods you eat.
  4. You may have difficulty with feeling the texture of your foods.
  5. Your food selection will be severely limited.
  6. The dentures will be uncomfortable. 
  7. The gums will hurt.
  8. The dentures will not be stable and may flop around.
  9. You may not be able to adequately chew your food.
  10. You may have difficulty speaking. You may have difficulty pronouncing words with the letters S, T, F and V.
  11.  In many cases, dentures may look like dentures rather than natural teeth.
  12. You will lose the lip support provided by the teeth. This will cause your lips to collapse inward and will also develop wrinkles around the mouth.
  13. The vertical dimension of your face will shorten. In other words, your face will appear much shorter.
  14. Your facial appearance will look at least ten years older.
  15. You will lose jaw bone in both height and width. Over time, you may not even be able to wear the dentures and would be considered a "dental cripple".

If you can keep your teeth, you will be much better of than losing them and wearing dentures. You will experience a much higher quality of life. If you are considering dentures, I highly encourage you to save every tooth you can. 

Dr. Cisneros maintains a practice in Freeburg and Columbia, IL. Both are in the Greater St Louis, MO area. For more information on a wide variety of subjects, please visit

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