What Are Dentures?
Simply put, dentures are for replacing missing teeth. In a secondary role, they also support the lips and cheek tissue which surround the area of the missing teeth. The support of dentures keeps the remaining natural teeth from shifting out of alignment.
The advancement of modern technology has produced dentures that look very realistic and natural. It is becoming much more difficult to tell when a person is wearing dentures. Of course, this natural look makes it easier for a patient to smile with confidence and ease!
What Kind Of Dentures Are Available?
There are two main types of dentures:
- Partial dentures are used to replace a few missing teeth when the patient still retains some of his natural teeth. The replacement teeth are attached to a plastic base which is designed to slip into the mouth. For missing teeth on the upper row, the flesh-colored base will cover the roof of the mouth. If the missing teeth are in the lower row, the base will be horseshoe-shaped in order to leave room for the tongue.
- Complete dentures are used when a patient has no remaining natural teeth. A set of full dentures will be custom-fit to look natural for each patient. Complete dentures are also removable and will require occasional checkups to make minor adjustments for a comfortable fit.