Restore Your Smile & Confidence
Dentures are artificial tooth replacements that allow patients with missing teeth to maintain their facial profile, eat properly and speak well. They can be used to replace one missing tooth, several missing teeth (known as partial dentures) or all of the teeth (known as full dentures).
If an accident, poor oral health, or disease has left you with only a few healthy teeth, or no healthy teeth at all, your dentist will likely recommend dentures as a treatment option.
Replacing missing teeth is essential to your oral health. If you are missing all or some of your natural teeth, dentures just might be an affordable option for replacing them.
With proper care, dentures can last for many years and restore your smile and your confidence.
Types of Dentures
Whether you need dentures to replace one missing tooth, a row of teeth or a whole jaw, your dentist can help you decide on the right option for you.
Your dentist will use full dentures, commonly referred to as false teeth or complete dentures, if you are missing a whole jaw of teeth.
You can have them fitted for your upper or lower gums, and they are held in place by suction and/or with the help of an oral adhesive.
Full dentures can be removed for cleaning and sleeping.
If there is not enough gum tissue to support full dentures, dental implants may be used to help stabilize the dentures for a secure fit.
Your dentist will use partial dentures if you are missing more than a few teeth or if your surrounding teeth are not strong enough to support a dental bridge.
Partial dentures are made up of one or more artificial teeth held in place by clasps that fit onto your natural teeth or a tooth replacement like a dental crown.
They can be removed for cleaning and sleeping.
Why Dentures May Be Used
If you lose all of your teeth, facial muscles can sag, making you look older. Dentures can also help fill out the appearance of your face and profile. They can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that your appearance does not change much.
Filling a gap left by missing teeth is also important for your long-term oral health. Your dentist will also help protect your remaining teeth from shifting, which can lead to more serious issues like gum disease by fitting you for full or partial dentures.