Dentures help restore the look and function of your smile when you have missing teeth. Most dentures are removable and require special care to last, but assist patients in eating, speaking, and smiling with renewed confidence. While dentures have been around for a very long time, new innovations are making them more natural-looking and comfortable than ever before.
These are for those missing all of their teeth. Full dentures come in two forms: conventional and immediate. Conventional dentures are placed in the mouth after any remaining natural teeth have been removed. The tissues are left to heal after the removal of these teeth before the denture is placed. Immediate dentures are placed right after the teeth are removed so that you are never without teeth. Immediate dentures may be measured for at a preliminary visit before the natural teeth are removed. They may need to be relined a few months after placement due to the bone support of teeth reshaping during the healing process (which can loosen the denture).
A partial denture uses a metal framework attached to the natural tooth to fill gaps left by missing teeth. Partial dentures are used when natural teeth are deemed healthy enough to remain in the mouth. Natural teeth may be left in the mouth to protect the jawbone and to prevent unnecessary removal. The natural teeth serve as anchors for the partial dentures, though crowns may be added to natural teeth to further anchor the partial. Partials serve as a removable alternative to dental bridges.
Dentures should be stored in water when not worn to prevent warping. They should also be brushed daily to remove debris, but should be cared for with soft bristles and gentle cleanser to avoid scratching or damaging.
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