If you are living with multiple missing teeth, the thought of dealing with them can feel overwhelming. You may be dreading the process of assessing the condition of your mouth and then deciding which tooth replacement option is the best. The reality is, however, that living without teeth is much more difficult than the process of deciding on and then getting a tooth replacement option. Dentures are a common tooth replacement option for people who are missing many or all of their teeth. It can be scary starting a process that you have never experienced before but you will find that dentures can positively impact your life in three important ways.
Allow you to smile with confidence once again
Dentures can allow you to smile with confidence once again. If you have been living without your teeth for an extended amount of time you may not even remember what it feels like to smile with confidence. Living without several teeth often causes people to feel self-conscious. This feeling of self-consciousness can cause you to avoid smiling in pictures or around others. A well-designed and fitting set of dentures can have you smiling with confidence once again.
Help you interact with others without shame or embarrassment
Another unfortunate side effect of living with missing teeth is feeling shame or embarrassment about the condition of your smile. Many people find that they avoid situations where they will have to interact with others face-to-face. You risk people seeing the condition of your smile when you talk or laugh. Dentures can help you interact with others once again without feeling the negative emotions of shame or embarrassment.
Restore the function you lost along with your teeth
Dentures can also change your life by restoring the function you lost along with your teeth. It is easy to not give much thought to the role that your teeth play in your everyday life until they can no longer function as intended. Once one or more of your teeth are gone, the important role they played is immediately apparent. Dentures can restore function by allowing you to eat and talk normally once again. Well-fitting dentures will make it possible for you to eat your favorite foods without pain or fear.
Dentures have the ability to change your life in several meaningful ways. You do not have to continue to live without a smile that you are proud to show off. There is no need to avoid interacting with others or to live without eating your favorite foods. Dentures can restore the look and function of your smile. A prosthodontist can design and fit a set of dentures that will allow you to live the high-quality life you desire.
Julie C Berger, DDS, MA, FACP is a local Gettysburg dentist and a board certified prosthodontist specialist. She is a former full time instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.