A old woman holding a mirror and admiring her new dentures

If you are missing all your natural teeth, dentures may be a viable solution for you. Dentures are removable artificial teeth and gums created by your dentist which form to your mouth and replace your lost teeth. Dentures can be either full or partial depending on need. So how do they work?

Dentures are typically made from hard resin. Though they typically don’t last more than five years, dentures will help restore the appearance of your face and return your jaw to its natural shape and function.

There are several types of dentures; partial dentures, full dentures, immediate dentures and overdentures.

Partial dentures are used when surrounding teeth are not strong enough to support a bridge or when more than two teeth are missing. As with most other dentures, they are fully removable and can be easily taken out at any time for cleaning and maintenance.

Full dentures are a full set of dentures to replace a full set of missing natural teeth. They are fully fitted to your gumline and held in place with either an oral adhesive or suction but are still easily removable.

Immediate dentures are used to replace teeth after extraction. Unlike regular dentures, immediate dentures are created from a mold before teeth have been extracted. Once the teeth are removed, your dentist will install the immediate dentures, though they may have to be regularly adjusted to ensure optimal fit and function.

Overdentures are fitted over the roots of natural teeth or over dental implants and are used when regular dentures are uncomfortable or not working. Many patients prefer overdentures as they are more comfortable and are easily removable.

Similar to natural teeth, dentures need to be cleaned regularly. Dentists recommend removing dentures before sleeping and to submerge them in warm water regularly to keep them from becoming misshapen or drying out. Dentures are a viable solution to replace missing teeth and restore confidence. Are dentures right for you?

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