(Part II) aaah...What I wouldn't do to chew nuts again!!!

Hats off to those people who survived and managed with removable dentures - either partial or total. The whole idea of having to remove your teeth every night, wash them and clean them like they are dinner plates and then store them at your bedside is a concept that few are able to come to terms with in today's day and age.

Removable dentures make you feel old. Period.

You may be 16 or 60 years old. If you have lost one or all teeth and have been wearing a removable partial/complete denture (RPD/CD) for any length of time - you will understand what we are talking about.

We are not saying that removable prostheses are bad or an incorrect treatment modality. They are not. They still have value in certain situations. But there are better and more convenient options.

Imagine having your upper front teeth missing and having to remove your RPD in the night. Imagine your husband waking up in the middle of the night and finding his beautiful wife with a big huge window in the front of her mouth?

For people who wear these prostheses - sudden guests late in the evening means a scramble for their bowls of water at the bedside and fumbling with the denture before rapidly pushing it in their mouth to smilingly face their late night visitors.

For others it means talking a little less in weddings for fear that their lower denture may jump out of its place and expose to all their gossiping relatives what they imagine to be their weakness.

For some it means covering their face with mortification when suddenly in front of strangers - their kids are found playing on the floor with what suspiciously looks like mamma's teeth :)

It may sound funny but all this takes a toll on you mentally. It makes you feel old, broken and ancient. It makes you feel defective. It makes you feel past your expiry date.

A confident smile with all your teeth present and FIXED makes you feel confident. It makes you feel young and vital. And a confident smile is a couple of dental sittings away.

Teeth should be in the mouth not out of it. Not floating around in a glass of water.

The next time you wake up in the morning and reach to your bedside table - let it not be for teeth - instead let it be for a cup of steaming hot tea made by an appreciative husband or wife.

Posted by Dr Arya