Dentures are a reliable solution for replacing missing teeth. Our patients ask about dentures to determine if they are a good solution for their particular needs. As with any dental solution, there are pros and cons to wearing dentures and whether or not they will work for you depends largely on your lifestyle and the goals that you have for your appearance, including the functionality of your smile.
The base of a denture is called a plate and can be made of either acrylic (plastic) or metal.
The teeth are normally made of acrylic and can be made to match your natural teeth. This is especially important in the case of partial dentures.
Replacing lost or missing teeth has substantial benefits for your health and appearance.
A complete or full denture replaces the natural teeth and provides support for cheeks and lips.
Without this support, sagging facial muscles can make a person appear older and reduce their ability to eat and speak.
If they are well looked after, you will have a very natural looking smile.They will also help strengthen muscles controlling your expressions and you will be free of any speech problems which were caused by missing teeth.
Types of Dentures:
Complete Dentures: Replace all of your missing teeth
Immediate Dentures: Are placed at the same time your own teeth are removed, best for replacing 1-2 teeth. Very effective if you do not want people to know you have just had a tooth removed.
Over Dentures: Similar to complete dentures but some of the roots of the teeth are left in the jaw bone and used to support the denture
Partial Dentures: These are used to replace one or more missing teeth to fill the gaps between your teeth.
An implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn't have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants.
Implant-supported dentures usually are made for the lower jaw because regular dentures tend to be less stable there. Usually, a regular denture made to fit an upper jaw is quite stable on its own and doesn't need the extra support offered by implants. However, you can receive an implant-supported denture in either the upper or lower jaw.
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