If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury, complete dentures can replace your missing teeth and your smile. Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. Without support from the denture, facial muscles sag, making a person look older. You’ll be able to eat and speak—things that people often take for granted until their natural teeth are lost.
There are various types of complete dentures. A conventional full denture is made and placed in the patient’s mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed which may take several months. An immediate complete denture is inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. The dentist takes measurements and makes models of the patient’s jaw during a preliminary visit. With immediate dentures, the denture wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
Even if you wear full dentures, you still must take good care of your mouth. Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque.
Removable partial dentures usually have replacement teeth attached to pink or gum colored plastic bases connected by metal framework. They may attach to your natural teeth with metal clasps or in special cases, devices called precision attachments may be incorporated into crowns to attach the removable partial denture. With or without precision attachments, a crown on your natural teeth may improve the way a removable partial denture fits your mouth.
For more information on dentures and which type is right for you please don’t hesitate to give us a call or talk to your dentist/hygienist when you are here.