Dentures have a tendency of conjuring a certain image in people’s minds. The image involves very fake-looking, clunky prosthetics that slip and slide, causing poor speech and serious embarrassment. Thankfully, that mental image is now more cartoonish than realistic. Advances in dentistry have taken dentures a long way. Just how far they have come may surprise you. So grab a pencil, take this quiz from your Erlanger dentist, Dr. Darlene Henry, and see what you find out about today’s dentures.

The Quiz

  1. True or False: Dentures are heavy and rarely fit properly.
  2. True or False: Denture wearers are doomed to have sore gums.
  3. True or False: Dentures can be held in place by dental implants.

The Answers

  1. False. Modern dentures are far lighter than their older relatives. Your Erlanger dentist, Dr. Henry, also ensures that they fit properly by taking the whole mouth into account when creating and fitting dentures. The proper fit will keep dentures in place, allowing patients to go about their lives without worrying about embarrassing slips or slurred speech.
  2. False. Today’s dentures can be worn with comfort and confidence. A full denture completely covers the gums, staying in place with suction. A proper fit and lighter dentures have made sore gums far less prevalent in denture wearers.
  3. True. For a restoration that feels truly natural, dentures can be supported by dental implants. Using a titanium post that bonds with the jawbone, dental implants hold dentures in place, allowing patients to eat even the toughest foods. Because the dentures are supported by the jawbone just like natural teeth, patients who have implant-supported dentures sometimes report forgetting that they have prosthetic teeth.

Schedule a Visit with Your Erlanger Dentist

A life without teeth is no life at all. If you have lost some or all of your teeth, dentures can restore your smile. Schedule an appointment with your Erlanger dentist, Dr. Henry, today. Call our 41018 dentist office at 859-344-8500. We serve patients from Erlanger, Cincinnati, Crestview Hills, Fort Mitchell, Florence, Union, Independence, and Taylor Mill.