Dentures are replacement teeth that are removable. They can help with chewing, improve your speech, and prevent distortion of cheeks and lips caused by missing teeth. They are strong, comfortable, and look like your natural teeth, sometimes even better than your natural teeth.
Partial dentures are used when only some teeth are missing. They are designed to fill gaps left by the missing teeth. They are held in place by precision clasps made of metal or tooth-colored porcelain and acrylic, that lock on to adjacent healthy teeth for a comfortable secure fit. Partial dentures are made to match exactly the color of your natural teeth.
Full dentures are designed for people who have lost all their teeth. They are precisely molded to fit your mouth to give you a natural bite and a beautiful smile. Full dentures rest comfortably on the gums and are held in place by the suction of a close fit to the gums and the mouth and cheek muscles. They support the lips and cheeks in a natural way to allow proper chewing of your food and give you a beautiful smile.
Be prepared for multiple visits in order to create the best fit and function for your denture. It may also take some time and patience to become accustomed to wearing and eating with dentures.
All denture wearers should continue to receive an exam with their dentist annually. Changes in the gums and jaw require adjustments in order to maintain a comfortable fit and function. Annual exams to look for oral cancers are completed for you as well.