Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. Complete dentures replace all teeth and removable partial dentures replace some teeth. By matching each individual’s unique smile and bite, dentures can improve facial appearance and self-confidence. They can also solve pronunciation problems caused by missing teeth and aid with chewing.
Tooth loss may result from periodontal disease (gum tissue disease), tooth decay, or traumatic injury. It is very important to replace missing teeth. The ill effects of not doing so can be a shift in remaining teeth, an inability to bite and chew properly, as well as a sagging facial appearance, which makes one appear older than they are.
During the first dental visit to evaluate the need for dentures, we will examine your gums and supporting bone structure to identify the appropriate treatment plan. In some cases, the remaining teeth may need to be extracted before dentures can be placed. Once we decided that dentures are right for you, an impression of the gums will be made to identify every ridge and crevice to ensure the best denture fit possible.
Dental implants can also be used to help retain the dentures and partials. They also help improve the appearance by eliminating the metal clasps of a partial denture.