Dentures are artificial devices constructed to replace missing teeth. While many traditional dentures are removable, some different types require bonding or clasping onto other teeth. Each denture is custom made so it fits comfortably along the gum tissue in your mouth.
If you are missing teeth and thinking about dentures, keep in mind the advantages of having them. Dentures can:
- Improve chewing ability
- Enhance facial esthetics by supporting lips and cheeks
- Advance speaking ability
- Produce healthy self-esteem
Types of Dentures
Full dentures are a solution for patients who are missing all, or almost all, of their natural teeth. These full dentures are made of tooth-colored, durable material, so they look, feel and function much like the natural teeth in your mouth.
Different designs of full dentures exist. Conventional dentures are removable and are customized to the shape of your mouth after remaining teeth have been removed and gum and bone have healed. Due to the necessary healing time, conventional dentures often can be placed in a patient’s mouth several weeks following tooth removal. Dentists have various methods, such as dental implants, they use to ensure that these dentures stay in place and have sufficient support.
Partial dentures - either fixed or removable - are often recommended for patients who are missing some of their teeth, but still have many healthy, natural teeth in their mouth. Removable partial dentures are ideal for patients who are missing some of their teeth on one arch. While removable, they still look and feel like a natural tooth, and patients can enjoy a full range of foods and drink while wearing them.
Fixed partial dentures, also known as bridges, adjoin to an individual's surrounding teeth or implants. Fixed partial dentures fill the space created by a missing tooth by placing a false tooth in the gap and adjoining it to adjacent teeth or dental implants for support.
If some or all of your natural teeth are missing, permanent dentures might be a great fit for you to enjoy full use of your mouth without having to rely on the old technology of dentures clipping to your teeth. Partial dentures or full dentures are available depending on the number of missing teeth.
With permanent dentures, the artificial teeth are custom fit to your mouth to ensure optimal comfort and functionality. Before mounting the permanent dentures, your dentist will also ensure that your mouth – including the gum line and jawbone – is healthy and ready to accept the dentures. Once this is confirmed, the permanent dentures can be placed in your mouth.
If you would like to learn more about what dentures can do for you, please schedule an appointment or contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you soon.