Missing teeth can create a host of aesthetic and functional problems, including sagging facial muscles, the inability to eat certain foods, or even the inability to speak properly. If most or all of your natural teeth have been lost to periodontal disease, decay, or injury, dentures may be the solution.
Dentures, or false teeth, are a realistic substitute for the patient’s original teeth. Through dentures, it again becomes possible for the wearer to eat, speak and smile with confidence.
Dentures are prosthetic devices that are molded in order to replace gaps in your mouth or lost teeth. The hard and soft tissues that surround the oral cavity support this type of solution. There are different types of dentures available. Conventional dentures like partial dentures, or partials, allow patients to remove them when necessary. Although it isn’t recommended to remove them frequently, this benefits and individual’s comfort level and preference.
There are other forms of dentures available that clasp or bond to your teeth. Although dental implants are always an option, tooth replacement treatments should be heavily considered as they can become costly and uncomfortable over time.
Being fitted for dentures is a relatively simple process. During a preliminary visit, the patient’s remaining teeth will be removed, and a model made of his or her jaw. An immediate denture can be created for the patient to wear temporarily, which will not only act as an intermediate set of teeth, but also as a bandage for healing mouth tissue. Once the tissue has healed completely, the patient can be fitted for custom dentures.