Medical denture

Why do I need dentures?

If many or all of your teeth are missing, dentures can be used to replace the function and appearance of your natural teeth. Dentures should be comfortable and natural, and we will take the time in our office to discuss all the options with you.

It is important to replace missing teeth, even if only one is missing. If left untreated, your chewing and speech will be affected, as there is extra pressure on the teeth on both sides of the gap and your bite can cause problems. Missing teeth can also cause sagging on your face.

What are the advantages of dentures?

There are some benefits to choosing dentures to replace missing teeth.

  • You will have as natural a smile as possible
  • Dentures are durable and long lasting
  • They allow you to eat more food and talk more comfortably
  • They can be easily removed
  • They support any other teeth

How do dentures work?

There are three solutions available:

Complete dentures replace the entire upper and lower jaw if you have lost all your teeth. An acrylic plastic base, painted to fit your gums, with a complete set of teeth made of durable materials, fits your gums. The dentist will take accurate measurements of your mouth, which will be given to the laboratory that will make your dentures to order, so that they fit comfortably in the gums and jaw. The dentist will make sure that your dentures are as comfortable as possible and will advise you on how to clean them and the best methods to keep them safe.

Some dentures replace one or more teeth and are used if you still have some of your own teeth. Replacement teeth are specially made to fit the gaps you have and to combine with the rest of your teeth. These are attached to a metal frame that attaches to your natural teeth to hold them in place.

Dentures retained in implants are a more permanent solution for partial or complete dentures. Implants are small titanium screws that are placed permanently in the jaw and act in place of the natural root of your tooth. Implants provide a solid, permanent basis on which your dentures can be secured. Dentures retained in implants offer many benefits over removable dentures:

  • They fit your gums safely
  • They are less annoying
  • They look and feel like real, natural teeth
  • It is easier to bite and chew with them
  • Implants hold bones for more than one denture

It may take some time to get used to your new dentures, but modern dentures will be more comfortable and natural than ever.

How do I take care of my dentures?

Dentures should be taken care of as if they were your natural teeth. Plaque can grow on dentures in the same way as natural teeth, which can put you at risk for gum disease.

With removable dentures, we recommend that you remove them and clean them well with a soft brush. Then they should be rinsed and soaked overnight in denture cleaner.

Do not forget to keep your mouth clean, gently brush your gums and tongue with a soft brush and use mouthwash.