What are Dentures?
Artificial tooth replacements referred to as dentures allow patients who are missing teeth to eat properly, speak well and maintain their facial profile. They can be used to replace a single missing tooth, numerous missing teeth or all of the teeth.
Replacing missing teeth is an essential task to preserve oral health. If you are missing any or all of your natural teeth, dentures may be an affordable option for replacing them.
Types of Dentures
Whether you require dentures to replace one missing tooth, a row of teeth or an entire jaw, your denturist can help you decide which is the right option for you.
- Full Dentures
Your denturist will use full dentures, commonly referred to as false teeth or complete dentures, if you are missing a whole jaw of teeth.
You can have them fitted for your upper or lower gums, and they are held in place by suction and/or with the help of an oral adhesive.
Full dentures can be removed for cleaning and sleeping.
- Partial Dentures
Your denturist will use partial dentures if you are missing more than a few teeth or if your surrounding teeth are not strong enough to support a dental bridge.
Partial dentures are made up of one or more artificial teeth held in place by clasps that fit onto your natural teeth or a tooth replacement like a dental crown.
They can be removed for cleaning and sleeping.
- Implant-Supported Dentures
If there is not enough gum tissue to support full dentures, dental implants may be used to help stabilize the dentures for a secure fit.
Why Dentures May Be Used
People who lose all of their teeth may experience sagging facial muscles, which can make them look older. Dentures can help fill out the appearance of your face and profile and be constructed to closely resemble your natural teeth. Because of this, your appearance would not change much.
Replacing missing teeth is also essential to support long-term oral health. By fitting you for dentures, your denturist will also help prevent remaining teeth from shifting, which can lead to more serious issues such as gum disease.