What are Dentures?
With dentures, patients are able to eat more efficiently, maintain their facial profile and speak well. These artificial tooth replacements can be used replace one missing tooth, several missing teeth or all of the teeth.
Replacing missing teeth is a critical priority to helping preserve your oral health. If you are missing some or all of your natural teeth, dentures may be an affordable option for replacing them.
Types of Dentures
Whether you require dentures to replace a single missing tooth, a row of teeth or an entire jaw, your denturist can help you decide on the correct option for you.
- Full Dentures
Full dentures are often referred to as false teeth or complete dentures, if you are missing an entire jaw of teeth.
These dentures can be fitted to your upper or lower gums and are held in place by suction and/or with the assistance of an oral adhesive.
Full dentures can be removed for sleeping and cleaning.
- 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
If you lose all of your teeth, facial muscles can sag, making you look older. Dentures can help fill out the appearance of your face and profile. They can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that your appearance does not change much significantly.
Filling in a gap caused by missing teeth is also crucial to your long-term oral health. By fitting you for dentures, your denturist will also help protect your remaining teeth from shifting, which can lead to more serious issues such as gum disease.