I’m desperate for some help. What can I do to get my husband to wear his dentures? He leaves them out all day long. We were having dinner with some friends the other night and I begged him to wear them. He did. But just a few minutes after the dinner was served he took the dentures out again and put them next to his plate. I could tell our hosts noticed, but they were kind enough not to bring attention to it. He says they aren’t comfortable. I just don’t want to eat with a pair of dentures on the table for the rest of our lives. What can I do to get him to wear them?
While some patients adjust to dentures, others never do and need an alternative replacement for their teeth. However, before we talk about alternatives let me ask if he’s gone back to see his dentist letting him know how uncomfortable his dentures are?
There are adjustments which can be made that will give it a better fit. But, if the dentist doesn’t know he’s not happy with them, there is no way to help him. You should be aware, so you’ll have some understanding about what your husband is facing, even the best fitting dentures will reduce his chewing capacity by 50%. It’s not an easy adjustment.
Long-term Consequences to Dentures
When your husband lost his teeth, his body began resorbing the minerals in his jawbone to use elsewhere in his body. This happens because he no longer has any teeth roots. This causes his body to assume that his jawbone is no longer necessary.
After about 10 or more years, he won’t have enough jawbone left to even support his dentures. This is known as facial collapse. You didn’t mention how old your husband is, but if he’s under 70 this will cause significant problems for him later.
You’ll want to consider alternatives in this case.
The Best Alternative to Dentures
The best tooth replacement option is dental implants. These place prosthetic roots in his jawbone, tricking your body into thinking you still have teeth there keeping his jawbone securely in place.
His jawbone won’t be the only thing secure. Anchoring his dentures with implants, keep them securely in place too. There won’t be any slipping. In fact, it will be the closest thing to having healthy, natural teeth back again.
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