What are Dentures?
Dentures are artificial tooth replacements that enable patients with missing teeth to eat and speak properly, and maintain their facial profile. These tooth replacements can be used to replace one missing tooth, several missing teeth or all of a patient's teeth.
Having missing teeth replaced is crucial to maintaining your oral health. If you have tooth loss, dentures may be an affordable option for replacing them.
Types of Dentures
Whether you need to replace one missing tooth, multiple teeth, or a whole jaw of teeth, your Mount Pearl dentists can help you decide on the right option for you.
If you are missing a whole jaw of teeth, your dentist will use full dentures (also called 'false teeth' or 'complete dentures') as tooth replacements.
They can be fitted to your upper or lower gums, and they are held in place by suction and/or with the help of an oral adhesive.
Full dentures are removable for cleaning and sleeping.
Dental implants may be used to help stabilize dentures for a secure fit.
If you are missing more than a few teeth, or the surrounding teeth are not strong enough for a dental bridge procedure, your dentist will use partial dentures.
Made up of one or more artificial teeth, partial dentures are held in place by clasps that fit onto your natural teeth or a tooth replacement like a dental crown.
Partial dentures can be removed for cleaning and sleeping.
How Dentures Can Help Oral Health
Filling a gap caused by missing teeth is vital to maintaining your long-term oral health. By providing you with dentures, your dentist can help protect your remaining teeth from shifting, which can cause more serious issues such as gum disease.
If tooth loss is extensive or if all the teeth are lost, facial muscles can sag, making us look older. Dentures can address this by filling out the appearance of the face and profile. They can be created to closely resemble your natural teeth so that your appearance does not alter drastically.