Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. They are used when a patient has all or most of their natural teeth missing. They are designed to look and function like natural teeth. They are made of acrylic resin, sometimes in combination with various metals.
Dentures are custom-designed to fit your mouth comfortably and securely. After an initial consultation, your dentist will take impressions of your mouth. These impressions will be sent to a dental lab, where they will create a denture for you.
When are dentures recommended?
If you are an adult who is missing all or most of your teeth, you are probably a candidate for dentures. Many adults are candidates for dentures, including those who have lost teeth due to periodontitis, tooth decay, or injury.
Types of dentures
There are two types of dentures:
- Full dentures are used when all the teeth are missing.
- Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
What are full dentures?
Full dentures replace all of the teeth on the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both. They are made of gum-colored acrylic resin for a natural look. Full dentures are supported by the gums and the jaw bone to stay firmly in place. Unlike partial dentures, full dentures need to be removed for cleaning.
With proper care, full dentures can last five to seven years. Patients should make sure they see the dentist for regular cleanings to avoid common issues such as gum disease or jawbone deterioration.
What are partial dentures?
Partial dentures are a type of removable denture designed to replace only some of the missing teeth.
Partial dentures are often called “removable partials,” “partials,” or “partial plates.” They are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. Conventional partial dentures are removable and are held in place by metal clasps or precision attachments. On the other hand, implant-supported partial dentures are anchored with dental implants.
Who are the candidates for dentures?
Dentures are a good option for patients who are missing most or all of their teeth to restore their ability to eat and speak properly.
Do dentures have to be replaced?
Yes. Over time, your jawbone will change shape. The dentures will need to be refitted to accommodate the new shape of your gums and jawbone. The bones and gums are in a constant state of change and deterioration, and your dentures will need to be adjusted to fit properly.
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