Restoring Form and Function with Dentures
Dentures are removable dental prosthetics designed to replace missing teeth, restoring your ability to eat, speak, and smile with comfort and confidence. Edentulous patients, or those who are missing all of their natural teeth, are typically ideal candidates for full dentures. In the case of a patient who still has some healthy teeth remaining, a partial denture may be a more appropriate solution.
Full dentures are custom-fitted for comfort and stability, allowing for proper speech and effective chewing. Ideally, they should look and feel completely natural without slipping or clicking when the patient speaks or eats. A full denture consists of a gum-colored base and a full arch of replacement teeth. It is held in place with a specialized dental adhesive and/or natural suction between the prosthetic and the gums.
Depending on your unique needs and the number of remaining teeth you have, your dentist may recommend another tooth replacement option: partial dentures. This type of removable appliance fits over your gum and a portion of your palate like a puzzle piece, replacing only the teeth you have lost and blending seamlessly with the rest of your smile. Partial dentures may attach to surrounding teeth by way of metal clasps or a more natural-looking, gum-colored base.
Your dentist can discuss your tooth replacement options with you, taking into account your oral health history and the status of your jaw and gums. Full and partial dentures help millions of American men and women enjoy the benefits of a complete set of teeth when periodontal disease, injury, or other problems have resulted in tooth loss. Ask your oral healthcare professional about which solution best suits your needs.