The Denver Post
You are Not Stuck with Dentures!
Think again! Imagine a life without dentures. You can have a drop dead gorgeous smile and enjoy the foods you love again.
Do you remember what life was like before you had to cope with dentures on a daily basis? How did you lose your teeth and end up in dentures? Was it one major event in which they were all lost, or did you lose them one at a time, slowly spiraling into a life of isolation and quiet desperation? According to Dr. Charles S. Barotz, who has been practicing comprehensive dentistry in downtown Denver for over 40 years, patients can get into dental trouble at an early age for several reasons. He related, “sometimes people get into these situations because of bad or nonexistent dental care during their childhood. Others may have had a scary or painful experience that discouraged them from ever going back to the dentist, so they lost their teeth gradually over the years. Maybe you had a toothache and put off calling the dentist, then lost a tooth, and that process repeats itself until there are none left.” Regardless of what caused the tooth loss, what most people quickly find out is that dentures are not everything that they had hoped for. If you rely on dentures now, you probably had no idea how frustrating and debilitating your new life would be.
“Sadly,” Dr. Barotz explained, “denture patients are often treated like second class dental citizens. Denture making has become a bit of a lost art and is not appreciated the way it used to be.” Dr. Barotz went on to explain that quality denture fabrication isn’t even taught at most dental schools anymore. Therefore many dentists don’t have the necessary training to fabricate a denture that is outstanding in both appearance and functionality. A major challenge for denture wearers is the lower denture. According to Dr. Barotz, “Even the best made lower denture isn’t worth a darn.” So why is it so hard to make a stable, well fitting lower denture? The answer is in the jaw! Upper dentures are easier to make because the upper part of the jaw does not move and offers a flat bone on the roof of your mouth (the palate) to stabilize the denture. It is far more challenging to make an excellent lower denture because the lower part of the jaw is the part that moves and the denture must sit over a large and constantly mobile muscle - the tongue. So what options are available for disgruntled denture wearers?
1 - Eliminate your dentures completely with full mouth implants
2 - Anchor a good set of dentures with a few implants
3 - Get a custom set of Drop Dead Gorgeous Dentures and anchor the lower with implants.
As frustrating as dentures can be and as hopeless as your situation may feel, you do have options. In fact, Dr. Barotz’s office can handle all aspects of your dental care in one convenient location, including denture repairs, new denture fabrication and customized dental implant treatment from start to finish. The team at Barotz Dental understands the emotional pain and suffering you’ve endured. Because they can handle all aspects of your dental care, if you’re comfortable there, it’s the last place you’ll have to go to get the care you need. Dr. Barotz related, “We are here to help people, and we don’t judge. We want to help you get your smile and your life back. Believe it or not, you can have a beautiful smile and eat the foods you love again. You can go out and socialize without fear of embarrassment. It’s really remarkable how much a properly made, custom set of dentures can improve the quality of your life.” If you’re frustrated with your dentures and are ready for something different, contact Barotz Dental today and schedule a complimentary. Call 720-259-9959 or visit them on the web at