There are a variety of reasons a patient may need dentures – gum disease, injury, tooth decay, and the aging process are the most common. When natural teeth need to be replaced, partial and full dentures are an option.
What are Dentures?
Dentures are an effective and safe method for replacing teeth. Unlike other forms of teeth replacement, dentures can be removed and cleaned whenever necessary. By replacing natural teeth with artificial teeth, dentures provide the ability to chew, talk, and use all functions of the mouth successfully. Both full and partial dentures look natural and are formed to properly fit an individual’s mouth.
A complete set of dentures replace all of a patient’s natural teeth. The dentures are professionally fitted to the top or bottom gum line and are easily removable. In the case of extractions, full dentures can be placed approximately three months after the extraction site is healed.
Not all patients need full dentures. For those who do not, partial dentures are used when the surrounding natural teeth cannot support a structure such as a dental bridge. Partial dentures are fastened to a patient’s natural teeth. Partial dentures are not permanently fastened and like full dentures, they can be removed at any time. Unlike full dentures, partial dentures are not usually held in place by suction or oral adhesive.
Before receiving dentures, a complete and thorough oral exam is necessary. Dentures can provide comfort and ease for patients suffering from various dental health issues.
Oral health is a crucial part of overall health for individuals of all ages. Whether full or partial dentures are needed, dentures can greatly improve one’s quality of life by preventing pain, enhancing physical appearance, supporting facial muscles, and easing discomfort while eating.
To learn more about dentures and whether they are the right choice for you, call our office today to set up your consultation with one of our caring dentists. Our team is eager to help you get on the right path to optimal oral health and we look forward to welcoming you to the family!