Why you may need dentures
• A complete denture restores function and appearance to a jaw with no teeth
• Dentures are usually the most cost effective way of replacing teeth
Due to loss of natural teeth either from periodontal disease or decay, dentures are an effective way of replacing your teeth and your smile.
Dentures replace missing natural teeth with “false” teeth supported by surrounding soft and hard tissue of the mouth.
Dentures can help the following:
• Improve chewing and swallowing ability
• Improve facial appearance by helping to support the cheeks and the lips
• Improve speaking ability
There are different types of treatment options when considering dentures. The most common are complete dentures (which replace all teeth in either the upper or lower arch), or partial dentures (which replaces one or several teeth, and fit over any remaining natural teeth).
Today, dental implants are another way to significantly increase the retention and stability of dentures. Many options of implants exist to increase the confidence in denture wear.
For more information about either dentures, or implants, or to schedule a time to meet with one of our Dentists for a personalized consultation, please feel free to contact our office.
A complete denture is an appliance that replaces all the teeth in one jaw. It is not cemented in the mouth and can be taken out.
The base of a complete denture is made of pink acrylic. The teeth are made of white acrylic or porcelain which attach into the base
A complete denture restores function and appearance to a jaw with no teeth. It is the most cost effective way of replacing all the teeth in one jaw. A complete denture can also provide important support to facial structures such as the lips, helping to in maintain a more youthful appearance.
Complete dentures, even under the best of circumstances, DO NOT have the same chewing efficiency as natural teeth. The ability to chew food depends on the stability, support and retention of the dentures. Stability, support and retention are affected by many factors, including the amount and type of bone, gums and saliva present in the patient’s mouth as well as the shape of the patient’s jaw and how it fits with the opposing teeth.
The alternatives to a complete denture are:
1. Implants which attach to: a. Crowns or bridges b. A complete denture
2. Leave your mouth as it is
Uneven or excessive bite forces may cause wear or fracture of the denture teeth or denture base. Chewing will make a complete denture rock slightly in the mouth; the more uneven the biting force, the more the complete denture will rock.
To keep the tissue under the appliance healthy your denture should be left out of your mouth during sleep. The teeth in the denture are not as strong as your natural teeth and you will not be able to chew as heavily on them. The appliance will tend to get food trapped underneath it and you may have to remove and clean it after eating. The fit between a complete denture and the gums is very important for retention and therefore must be re-established every 2-5 years as gums are constantly undergoing small changes.