Dentures For Missing Teeth
Whether you are missing one, many or all of your teeth, dentures are a practical and aesthetic method of tooth replacement. They fit into your mouth through adaptation to your soft tissues or remaining teeth and restore functions such as eating, speaking and smiling in an aesthetic and comfortable way. A removable denture replaces missing teeth. Partial dentures replace a few missing teeth and “full” or “complete” dentures are needed if all the natural teeth are missing. Complete dentures are best made of acrylic (plastic). Partial dentures can also be made of acrylic. Alternatively, they can consist of acrylic teeth on a light metal alloy base: this type of partial denture is more secure and less bulky, but also more expensive.
What are the benefits?
- If you have lost some teeth, dentures can improve the way you look, bite, chew and speak.
- They are custom-made to match your mouth and can be made to look as natural as possible.
- The teeth that are left are protected from wear and tear. Without dentures, the natural teeth may move or tilt, stopping your teeth biting together properly.
- Dentures can be fitted immediately after teeth have been taken out so that nobody will know that you have had a tooth out. These are called immediate dentures.