What Are Dentures?

Dentures are tooth replacement options. In general, these refer to removable tooth replacement options. These appliances are made up of a base of artificial gum tissue that covers your natural gums to help provide stability and improve the appearance, as well as artificial teeth. In most modern dentures, the artificial gums are made of plastic, while the teeth can be made either of plastic or of ceramic.

Partial dentures can be used when you’re missing just one or a few teeth. In addition to the plastic base, these are generally held in place with metal hooks and clasps that go around your natural teeth.

Full dentures are designed to replace an entire arch of teeth. Usually both arches are replaced at the same time, but sometimes only one arch is replaced.

A happy older couple with dentures enjoy a laugh and a smile together while sitting outside

Typical Denture Complaints

As might be expected for a technology that’s 3000 years old, dentures are not very popular. Most wearers are unhappy with their set, and complain about:

  • Poor fit
  • Discomfort
  • Damage to neighboring teeth from partial dentures
  • Poor chewing function
  • Speech difficulties
  • Unattractive appearance
  • Make you look old

Because traditional dentures are what they are, there is often little that can be done to fix these problems. However, there are several advancements that can work to correct these problems. If you want to learn more, contact our Anchorage denture dentist by calling (907) 349-0022 today.