Things You Can Do with Your Dental Implants That You Can't Do with Dentures

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If you currently have dentures but are considering dental implants, you may have a difficult decision to make. After all, there is pain and discomfort involved with installing implants, plus the surgery and the expense. However, there are some things you can do with dental implants that you cannot do with dentures.

Eat Tough and Hard-to-Chew Foods

If you love corn on the cob and well-done steak, you may be sad to find that you cannot eat these foods when you have dentures. Most of the time this is because your dental adhesive lets go of your teeth while you are attempting to bite or chew these foods. Once in a while, you may also break or chip a fake tooth on your dentures, especially if your dentures are made of cheaper materials. That all changes when you have dental implants because these teeth are steadfastly fixed and cannot move from your mouth without your dentist's help.

Leave Them in Your Mouth Overnight

With dental implants, you really do not have a choice about keeping your teeth in overnight. They are there to stay and will not be removed. That said, you will never have to mess with denture cups and cleaners or bedside water glasses for your teeth ever again. You can simply brush and floss your implants before bed, just like real teeth, and then go to sleep as usual.

Speak Normally

You may notice a distinct difference in how you speak when you have your dentures in versus when you are not wearing them. Because your upper denture decreases the vibrations of sound as it passes through your sinus cavities, you tend to have a flatter tone and less nasal quality to your voice. You may also find yourself using your tongue more to press the top denture up and hold it in place while your tongue hits the front of your teeth for all of your front-of-mouth consonant sounds (e.g., t's, d's, etc.). This alters the way you have spoken most of your life, and often it seems less natural or normal. 

After you get dental implants, it will take some time to get used to not doing these things and sounding differently again. You will find that it is a lot easier to speak normally and naturally because your implants do not move, nor do they block the roof of your mouth. All of your letter sounds are naturally formed, and you may find that you have greater intonation than you had with your dentures.

See a dentist such as John P Poovey DMD PC for more information.


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