What you need to know about Dentures
What are dentures?
Dentures are a set of artificial teeth and gums that are used to replace several missing teeth. Dentures come in two types – partial and full – and can replace an entire row of missing teeth on the top or bottom jaw, making them the primary solution for severe tooth loss.
Partial dentures are commonly used when there are one or more missing teeth on either side of the mouth. These dentures are the fastest option if the surrounding teeth are not strong enough to support one of the different types of dental crowns. Partial dentures are fitted to rest comfortably and securely along the gumline but are not permanently placed, so they can be easily removed for cleaning when necessary. Similar to full dentures, partial dentures can be made to fit on either the top or bottom jaw.
Full dentures – also known as complete dentures – are the least costly option when a full row of teeth is missing. Full dentures can be made to replace top or bottom missing teeth (or both). Similar to partial dentures, full dentures are not permanently fixed into the mouth, so they can easily be taken out in order to be cleaned. These dentures use suction as well as additional oral adhesive to securely keep them in place during the day.
Do I need dentures?
Dentures are a necessary solution to missing teeth because they help to maintain the structure of the mouth. Your natural teeth help to keep your facial structure supported and actions like chewing help to keep the jaw strong. By ignoring missing teeth, your jawline will weaken over time, causing additional health issues that can become more severe the longer teeth are missing. You also may find that your face begins to sag as your jawline weakens, and you may look older as a result.
How long do dentures last?
How long dentures last will vary based on the type that you receive. Generally, partial dentures last up to 15 years, while full dentures may last between five and 10 years. As with natural teeth, dentures need to be properly maintained and cared for, which can extend their duration. Proper cleaning, in particular, is essential to the longevity of your dentures.
What are dentures made of?
Denture structures and the artificial teeth themselves are made from a wide variety of materials. Quite often, the denture framework will be made of acrylic, nylon, or metal, depending on the type of denture you require. These materials are chosen because they allow for a high degree of comfort when worn and are malleable to create a custom fit for each patient. Resin, porcelain, and ceramic are common options for the artificial teeth themselves.
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