There is a common misconception that everyone will need complete dentures at some time in their lives. I really believe that this belief is passed down from generation to generation. Grandma and Grandpa had dentures “all their lives,” then Mom and Dad had dentures “all their lives” and so I know that I’ll need dentures at some time. The fact of the matter is that God never intended for anyone to need artificial plastic or porcelain teeth in our mouths, or He would have put them there in the first place.
Dentures are appropriate in many situations. When they were made for our elder relatives, they were appropriate because the knowledge of the disease processes that lead to tooth loss was not as developed decades ago. For instance, we now know how to treat gum disease and identify it early so that gum disease does not have to lead to tooth loss as it did for our grandparents. Public fluoridation of water, initiated in the 1950s, has dramatically reduced the incidence of tooth decay. Better techniques for fixing decayed, worn, and broken teeth have led to the ability to save teeth that may not have been possible in decades past. Today, complete denture therapy is a last resort when for one reason or another the patient with severely deteriorated or infected teeth have not been able to benefit from modern medical dentistry.
The fact that relatives have had dentures only suggests that there may be a hereditary predisposition to tooth decay or gum disease. Modern dentistry has made it possible that people that may be prone to tooth decay or gum disease should be able to take their teeth to the grave with them in their ripe elder years. The key is knowledge about oral health and proper home maintenance, which is why it is essential for everyone to see a dentist regularly.
We welcome the opportunity to provide you with comprehensive oral health care and invite you to schedule a visit to meet Dr. Huff and our team.