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Partial Dentures As A Golden Years Beauty Treatment!
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Your perspective changes as you get older!
It’s funny the things we think about as desirable as we grow older. When I was a younger woman, I never thought I might look forward to having dentures. Today however, I’m realizing that, at sometime in the not so distant future, I may need partial dentures, and that really wouldn’t be such a bad thing.
As I've gotten older, the set of my jaw has changed causing some wear on one of my front teeth. What I’m realizing is that, if and when I lose that tooth, partial dentures may give me a better smile than I have ever had before. My front teeth have always been a little bit crooked, and this may be my chance to finally have straight teeth! Another thing is that the slight wear on my tooth has caused me to have a slight lisp! I will certainly be glad to be rid of that!
Of course it may be that I could get by with bridgework, and that would have many of the same positive effects as partial dentures and perhaps be a little bit easier to deal with. I’ll just have to wait and see what is recommended if and when I’m ever able to proceed with this golden years beauty treatment!
One thing I certainly do not want to do is have dental implants! The very thought of it makes me cringe, and I can’t imagine that having holes drilled in your jaw would not lead to tremendous problems later on. But I think for younger people, and especially those who have lost teeth in an accident, this is probably a good option.
In the little bit of research I've done, I’ve found that there are several choices in partial dentures and bridgework including chrome dentures, acrylic dentures, and ceramic dentures. This is a far cry from George Washington’s dentures, which were made of a combination of animal and human bones and teeth (and not wood, as is commonly thought).
I’m thinking that even though chrome dentures might be quite a bit stronger, and ceramic dentures might be more natural looking, it seems to me that acrylic dentures would be the best choice. From everything I’ve read, they’re the most comfortable because they’re very light in weight, and they’re also less expensive.
So as I said, it’s funny how your perspective changes as you get older. I’m actually finding it very interesting looking into the pros and cons of various types of dentures, and I’m looking forward to the improvement that partial dentures or bridgework will bring to my appearance and the functionality of my teeth!