We all use our mouth for chewing and speaking, which means that dentures have to be made with these uses in mind. But what about people who use their mouths in a more specialized way, such as making music? For these people, getting dentures can cause anxiety, because your talent is not just your livelihood it’s your calling. If your denture interferes with that, you could have significant financial and emotional consequences.
But the good news is that you can have dentures made that will let the music go on, long after your teeth have left for Rock and Roll Heaven. (Is there a jazz heaven? Classical? Surely they play Handel in heaven.)
This issue was highlighted by a recent case study out of Japan involving a professional clarinet player. A clarinet is a single-reed woodwind in which the teeth actually play an important role in making sound. To play the clarinet, a musician grips the mouthpiece between the upper and lower incisors, with the lip cushioning the lower incisors. This retention of the reed helps it achieve the proper vibration and sound as well as controlling the airflow into the instrument.
The clarinetist came to the dentist complaining about mobility in the upper teeth, hoping to have the teeth preserved. Gum disease, though, meant that two of the upper teeth had to be removed. The clarinetist didn’t want dental implants or a fixed dental bridge because he didn’t want any permanent changes that could impact his ability to play. Instead, dentists proposed a removable partial denture.
During the first try-in, the sound quality from the dentures was very irregular. It was hard for the clarinetist to maintain notes and keep them distinct. However, with adjustment, the notes became clear, and it was easy for the clarinetist to maintain them. He was able to play as loud as he wanted without unwelcome vibrations in the denture.
It’s not just the clarinet that depends on your teeth. Almost any type of wind instrument takes advantage of the resonance or stability of your natural teeth. And, of course, singing depends on your ability to clearly enunciate sounds, which may depend not just on the shape of your dentures, but also on their stability.
If you have special concerns about your dentures in Philadelphia, please call (610) 272-0828 for an appointment with a denture dentist at Dental Excellence of Blue Bell, where we focus on making high end dentures that fully preserve the function of your natural teeth.
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