What are dentures?
Dentures are removable appliances that are used to replace missing teeth. They are typically recommended for patients who have lost most or all of their natural teeth due to injury, disease, or decay. Dentures are custom-made to fit the patient’s mouth, and are designed to look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
There are two types of dentures: full and partial. Full dentures are used when all of the teeth in an arch are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. Full dentures rest on the gums and are held in place by suction or a mild adhesive. Partial dentures are held in place by clasps that attach to the remaining natural teeth.
The procedure for getting dentures typically involves several appointments. The first step is to take impressions of the patient’s mouth, which will be used to create the denture. The patient may be asked to try on several prototypes before the final denture is made. Once the denture is complete, the patient will return for a fitting and any necessary adjustments will be made.
Dentures can improve the patient’s ability to chew and speak, and can also help to maintain the shape of the face and the patient’s ability to smile. They require regular cleaning and maintenance, and should be adjusted or replaced as the patient’s mouth changes over time. Dentures can be a cost-effective solution for patients who have lost most or all of their natural teeth, providing them with a functional and esthetic replacement.