If you are currently wearing dentures, or if you know someone who is currently wearing dentures, you are well aware of their serious limitations. One of the hardest things about wearing dentures is living with the fact that your dentures may fall out at any time.
A recent visitor to my home illustrated this point rather dramatically. My visitor arrived without any teeth in his upper jaw. He explained that while eating lunch at a fast food restaurant halfway between Tampa and Atlanta, his top dentures came loose and fell out. He put them in a napkin while he finished his lunch and then mistakenly threw them away. Even though his 10 year-old granddaughter dove into the dumpster to look for them, they were not found.
The next day, a new set of top dentures arrived via Fed Ex. He excitedly went upstairs to put them on and came down once again without any teeth in his upper jaw. When I asked what happened, he responded that he had broken the new dentures trying to get them on. I promptly put his broken top dentures in a Tupperware bowl for him and placed them on the top shelf of my kitchen so that these dentures would not get thrown a way like the other ones.
My visitor spent the next three days without any top teeth. This was both embarrassing and inconvenient. He had to eat only soft foods and even these were hard for him to chew. He has been wearing dentures since a motorcycle accident in his twenties destroyed the teeth in his upper jaw. He is now 68 years old.
When I brought up the option of dental implants, he said he had considered them in the past but ruled them out because they cost more than dentures. However, this particular experience has convinced him that they must be well worth the extra money!
If you are currently wearing dentures and are tired of the way they limit what you can eat, talk to an oral surgeon today regarding dental implants. You will be glad you did!