Dentures are replacements for missing teeth due to gum disease, tooth decay, or injury. Losing your teeth can be very traumatic and can affect your self-esteem. Dentures help to artificially replace the missing teeth so that they look authentic and allow you to eat your favorite foods easier.
Two different types of dentures
Complete dentures and partial dentures and are generally the two different kinds of dentures available. Complete dentures replace all of your natural teeth, while partial dentures replace a few teeth. Both kinds can be taken out and put back into your mouth. Dentures are made to custom fit you; your dentist will make a mold of your mouth before hand. Both are made from dental acrylic substances that are safe to place in your mouth. They can replace a single tooth, multiple adjacent teeth, or even your complete upper and lower rows.
What type of denture will I receive?
The type of denture you receive will be determined by your dentist. He or she will evaluate several things: how many teeth need to be replaced; how healthy your gums and surround teeth are; and if you require dental implants.
What are the benefits of dentures?
Dentures can greatly improve your ability to eat your favorite foods. They can also boost your self-confidence if you were afraid to smile before because of your missing teeth. When people are missing teeth, they tend to suffer from shifting teeth and an older facial appearance. Dentures can help with these issues and make you feel like smiling again.
Getting fitted for dentures
First, your dentist will take an impression of the lower and upper arches of your mouth and send it to a dental laboratory. The fit is very important, as it can affect your speech, bite, and overall appearance of your mouth. Your dentist will help you to choose the right denture shape and color to match your gums. Your speech will be tested to ensure a correct fit.
Once fitted, your dentures will be made in a lab. When the custom-fitted dentures are ready, it is time for your dentist to help you make sure they are a perfect fit. Once they are fitted correctly, you will be able to smile, eat, and be merry!