The Global Burden of Disease Study shows that the shocking 158 million people or 2.3% of the world’s population suffer complete toothlessness. A lot of these people, however, are forced to settle with removable dentures. Implant-supported dentures, on the other hand, are proven to perfectly mimic natural teeth in terms of aesthetics and functionality but remain out of scope for the majority of people in need due to financial reasons. In recent years, some more socially responsible dental clinics around the world have been trying to establish conscious models for providing high-quality implant solutions, affordable to the masses.
But are people aware of what is available in the “denture” world?
We explored the awareness of 1297 people globally about some of the most popular myths and facts on the topic. See the results and the experts’ opinions.
#1: Dentures are always removable: MYTH
The majority of respondents (61%) are not aware of the existence of dentures fixed on implants and think that all dentures are removable. Be it because they are not aware of the name, they have never been interested in the topic, or just because this solution is not available around them, for most people implant-supported dentures are not something they recognize.
So what is actually the difference between removable and fixed dentures? See below.
#2: Once you have dentures, you don’t need to visit a dentist anymore: MYTH
You place a denture once, and you never-ever step into a dental practice anymore… What a great thought but unfortunately utopic. Thankfully, 76% of survey participants recognize it as not a good idea.
In fact, no matter if you go for removable or fixed dentures, you still need to go to regular check-ups. This allows your dentist to screen for solid fit, bone quality and quantity, gums condition, cancer.
#3: Removable dentures reduce chewing efficiency: FACT
Although the majority of respondents recognize the risk of reduced chewing efficiency due to wearing removable dentures, one-third of them still believe this is not true.
In reality, dentures are not anchored into the jawbone which could easily result in discomfort and lack of stability when chewing. Moreover, unlike implant-supported dentures that prevent bone loss, removable dental prostheses could negatively influence chewing and biting abilities due to the gradual resorption of the bone.
#4: Dentures always look artificial: MYTH
Nearly half of the survey participants think that not all dentures are easily recognizable as fake.
Thankfully, modern dentistry makes the production of high-quality, custom-built dentures that mimic your natural teeth possible. This is especially true for implant-supported dental prostheses that provide perfect functionality on top of great appearance.
#5: Dentures require special care: FACT
Wearing dentures or not, our oral health always requires special attention. Of course, when part or all of your teeth have been replaced with a prosthetic solution, there are different oral hygiene requirements that apply and 88% of respondents realize that.
Besides regular dental check-ups, caring for removable dentures also includes:
– brushing with a soft-bristled brush and nonabrasive denture cleanser;
– cleaning tongue, cheeks, and palate with a soft toothbrush;
– rinsing thoroughly after eating;
– placing them in a mild denture-soaking solution overnight.
We have published advice on how to care for single implants and implant-supported dentures in this article.
#6: Wearing implant-supported dentures allows eating hard foods: FACT
More than half of survey participants do believe that having implant-supported dentures make it possible for people to bite into an apple or a juicy steak. However, 27% are still skeptical.
In fact, if your post-surgery healing period is over and the implant treatment has been successful, you shall be able to enjoy all your favorite foods. Keep in mind that it is very important to adhere to expert recommendations during the healing period, though. Find below some basic tips about it.
#7: The procedure of getting dentures takes a long time: SO-SO
More people (46%) think that the process of getting dental prostheses is, in fact, time-consuming.
However, it strongly depends on the individual case, namely whether or not teeth need to be extracted, the length of the healing process, the type of denture chosen (fixed or removable, partial or full). Thanks to modern dentistry, the possibilities are immense and even implant-supported dentures can nowadays be placed within the scope of a day.
#8: Removable dentures must be removed before bed: FACT
The picture of a glass with dentures on the night shelf is sadly known to millions of people. More than 70% of DentaVox respondents are aware that it is advisable to remove dentures before going to bed.
And this is in fact true. But why? Experts explain that wearing dentures puts gums and jawbone under a light but constant pressure which can over time cause discomfort, irritations, and sore spots along the gumline.
#9: Dentures do not last forever: SO-SO
Being able to replace your missing teeth once and for all is a life-changing solution. However, not all methods allow this, and 68% of DentaVox survey participants recognize this fact.
Thankfully, implant dentistry is about to change the unfortunate burden of having to repair or replace your dentures periodically. High-quality implants placed by professionals can last a lifetime and could just require a renewal of the prosthetic solution on top.
#10: Implant-supported dentures can help prevent bone loss: FACT
The audience is hesitant about whether implants can prevent reducing the quality and the quantity of the jawbone. But science is not.
Unlike alternative tooth replacement options like removable dentures, dental implants can actually help prevent bone loss. Since they are anchored into the jawbone, tooth implants provide your jaw with the stimulation it needs for bone growth – just like if you’d have all your natural teeth in place.
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Stats source: DentaVox, 20 Questions: Dentures
Base: 1297 respondents (global sample)
Period: 06/08 – 09/09/2020