A denture is a dental appliance that is inserted in the mouth designed to replace natural teeth and to provide support for the cheeks and lips. Dentures can improve a patient’s chewing and speaking ability and enhance the aesthetics of his or her smile.
There are several types of dentures. Complete dentures replace all of the patient’s teeth, while partial dentures traditionally replace just a few missing teeth.
What can dentures do for your oral health?
Dentures are beneficial dental treatment in several ways:
- Chewing ability: replacing missing teeth with dentures will help improve your chewing ability.
- Aesthetics: dentures not only restore a natural and attractive smile, but can also correct collapsed exterior of lips and cheeks that occur after losing teeth.
- Boost confidence: a healthy and beautiful-looking smile will boost your confidence.
- Phonetics: by replacing missing teeth, you will be able to speak easy and pronounce certain words that require the use of teeth to speak.
Nearly anyone with missing teeth may be a candidate for dentures treatment. People who have lost most or all of their teeth often make good candidates for complete dentures; while other patients with some remaining natural teeth can benefit from partial dentures.
What happens during dentures treatment?
Dentures are designed based on impressions taken by the dentist. The dentist will ensure that the color, shape and fit of the denture are accurate. There are several standard types of tooth replacement in modern restorative dental care. A full denture is designed to restore both the teeth and the underlying bone when all the teeth are missing in an arch.
A smaller version is the fixed partial denture, which can be used if there are healthy teeth existing adjacent to the space where the tooth have been lost.
The partial denture is anchored to the surrounding teeth by attachment to crowns or caps, that are fixed to the healthy teeth. A removable partial denture is used to replace multiple missing teeth when there are insufficient natural teeth to bolster a fixed bridge.