Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. They are made out of an acrylic resin and normally porcelain or metal will be added for additional structural support. If your dentures are well looked after, you will have a very natural looking smile. Your dentures will also help strengthen muscles controlling your expressions and you will be free of any speech problems which were caused by missing teeth. If you've lost, or are losing, all of your teeth a Complete Denture replacement could be the perfect solution for you.
Dentures provide a pleasant, natural looking smile.
They are extremely durable.
If well maintained, they should last from five to ten years.
They can correct problems with speech to chewing, for many patients.
¬ Dentures take a little while to get used to.
¬ There is maintenance involved.
¬ In the first few days, you may encounter speech problems.
¬ You may suffer from mouth irritation or sores. These are usually caused by poor dental hygiene, and not removing your dentures when needed.
¬ Your mouth is constantly changing in shape so they may need to be replaced to achieve a better fit.
¬ You will only be able to chew at 15-23% efficiency compared to a person chewing with their natural teeth.
Complete Dentures: These replace all of your teeth filling the entire upper or/and lower jaws. The level of comfort depends on your muscles, bones, tongue, and saliva. Upper Dentures are a little easier to adjust to.
Immediate Dentures are placed all at once. It may take several months for your bone and tissue to stabilize following the tooth extractions.
Over Dentures: These are similar to Complete Dentures but not all teeth are extracted and they use one or more natural teeth for their support. They also provide more stabilization during chewing than. On the down side they are more expensive and normally require more preparation.
Partial Dentures: Partial dentures are placed to fill the gaps in your smile when only some of your teeth are missing. The dentures are anchored to your teeth with metal attachments. They maintain tooth alignment because they prevent your remaining teeth from shifting. They can also help prevent your loss of more teeth due to decay or gum disease.