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You may have encountered some unfortunate misconceptions and myths about dentures that have discouraged you from pursuing dentures as a solution to tooth loss. However, we are pleased to inform you that properly fitted dentures, when combined with excellent dental hygiene, can help you enjoy a healthy and stunning smile for many years to come.

To help you better understand the benefits of dentures, we reveal the truths behind three common denture myths:

Myth: The process of placing dentures can be painful.
Truth: Thanks to the advancements in modern denture techniques and technologies, many patients report the dentures process to be much more comfortable than expected. In fact, you should find it to be virtually painless.

Myth: Dentures are just like natural teeth.
Truth: While dentures look and feel like natural teeth, they are artificial and can only provide about 20% of your former bite force. As a result, you may need to adjust your diet to account for the tougher foods that dentures cannot handle.

Myth: Your initial set of dentures are permanent.
Truth: The sturdy materials and custom make of dentures help them withstand normal wear, but you will still need to visit the dentist for regular relining and repairs. Your jaw and mouth shape can also change over the years, resulting in the need for periodic adjustments.

If you are concerned about certain denture myths, you are welcome to contact Smiles by Design Dental Care at 952-432-9155 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Fred Hermanson to determine if you would benefit from dentures in Apple Valley, Minnesota.