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Partial Dentures As A Golden Years Beauty Treatment!

Updated on March 8, 2012

Does she or doesn't she? Only her dentist knows for sure!

Title: Smile ~ License: Attribution License ~ Photographer: I Craig
Title: Smile ~ License: Attribution License ~ Photographer: I Craig

Choose A Smile Off The Rack!

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!

What do you think about getting dentures?

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    • SallyTX profile image

      Sally Branche 5 years ago from Only In Texas!

      Good points, Mazzy. I think that dentures in a glass displayed on the mantel would be horrifying! Of course, that's not what you're supposed to do with them! LOL! I think if you keep them properly in your mouth and put them in their little soaking/holding case at night, it wouldn't be quite so awful! :D

      My mother used to tell of her grandfather who would take his out and soak them in a dish of buttermilk on the dinner table while he ate. I have no idea what that's all about!

      Anyway, I have no plans to do any of that sort of thing! :D

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      Mazzy Bolero 5 years ago from the U.K.

      I admire your positivity about dentures, but in my case I'm horrified by them! When I was a small child, my friend's dad used to leave his full set in a glass jar of water on the mantle-piece. I would go to her house, and there they would be, grinning at me menacingly. I can't afford implants, so if the time comes that I'm toothless, I shall just have to eat stuff I can chew with my gums:) By the way, I'm not sure that acrylic dentures would be best, as I read an article by a woman who got acrylic implants and she said they stained very easily. She went on an important date and her teeth got stained by the red wine - very embarrassing. No good at all if you eat curry frequently.