What Are Dentures?
Dentures are an option to replace missing teeth. In general, these refer to a removable tooth replacement option. These appliances are made up of artificial teeth, as well as a base of artificial gum tissue that covers your natural gums to help provide stability and improve the appearance. In most modern dentures, the artificial gums are made of plastic, while the teeth can be made of either plastic or ceramic.
Partial dentures can be used when you are 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 fit around your natural teeth.
Full dentures are designed to replace an entire arch of teeth. Usually both arches are replaced at the same time; however, only one arch can also be replaced.
Most Common Concerns
Most denture wearers report the following concerns with their appliances:
- Poor fit
- Damage to neighboring teeth from partial dentures
- Poor chewing function
- Speech difficulties
- Unattractive appearance
- Make you look older