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Dentures

Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from gum disease, tooth decay or injury, replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. When you lose all of your teeth your facial muscles can sag, making you look older. Dentures can help fill out the appearance of your face and profile. They can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that your appearance does not change significantly. Dentures may even improve the look of your smile. Dentures also make speaking and eating easier, better than a person could manage without teeth— basic things which are often taken for granted.

Types of dentures:
• Full dentures: This full removable denture is made and placed in your mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed, which may take several months.

• Immediate dentures: This removable denture is inserted on the same day that the remaining teeth are removed. Your dentist will take measurements and make models of your jaw during a preliminary visit. You don’t have to be without teeth during the healing period, but may need to have the denture relined or remade after your jaw has healed.

• Partial dentures: If you are only missing a few teeth, then only partial dentures are needed. A removable partial denture is also known as a removable dental bridge. This is made to fill the gap between two healthy teeth and consists of replacement false-teeth attached to a gum-colored acrylic base. Removable partial dentures are connected by a metal framework that helps keep them in place. These dentures are extremely versatile and will be custom designed for a patient’s specific needs

• Over denture: Sometimes some of your teeth can be saved to preserve your jawbone and provide stability and support for the denture. An over denture fits over a small number of remaining natural teeth after they have been prepared by your dentist. Implants can serve the same function, too.

Occasionally, denture wearers may use adhesives. Adhesives come in many forms: creams, powders, pads/wafers, strips or liquids. If you use one of these products, read the instructions, and use them exactly as directed.

If you have any questions about your dentures, if the fit changes or they become damaged; contact your dentist. Be sure to schedule regular dental checkups, too. The dentist will examine your mouth to see if your dentures continue to fit properly.