Our teeth have a significant impact on the way we live our life. They influence our quality of life, including our appearance, how we speak and eat, as well as self-esteem and confidence.

If missing some, or all of our teeth, our oral health related quality of life can be compromised. One alternative to replacing these lost or missing teeth is to have dentures manufactured and fitted by your dentist.

An effective tooth replacement option

Dentures are a cost-effective replacement option for teeth lost due to tooth decay, gum disease, or trauma. If you have experienced loss of some or all of your teeth, it is likely your dentist will talk to you about dentures to replace these teeth. 

Dentures are artificial substitutes for missing natural teeth and adjacent tissues and are a temporary or permanent tooth replacement option for people of all ages. They are typically made of acrylic resin and sometimes a lightweight metal (mainly cobalt chrome) and are designed to look like your natural teeth.

There are three main types of dentures:

Full Denture

A full denture is worn by patients who have lost all their teeth in either the upper or lower jaws, or both. The denture will replace your missing natural teeth and sit on the gum ridges, providing support to your lips and cheeks as well as maintaining the distance between your nose, mouth and chin. By choosing not to replace the missing teeth, this distance can become smaller over time.

Partial Denture

A partial denture is used when a person still has one or more natural teeth remaining. The denture will replace the missing teeth and may be held in place by clasps that surround the remaining teeth. It may have an acrylic resin or metallic cobalt-chrome base. Your dentist may discuss these material options with you when planning for a denture. 

Removable Implant-retained Denture

A removable implant-retained denture is an alternative to the standard full lower denture. These dentures are partially supported and held in place by dental implants retained within the jawbone and partially supported by the gums. This denture can still be removed from the mouth by the person wearing it.

You should remove both full and partial dentures daily to clean them as well as at night-time, when sleeping.

Even though your dentures are comfortable to wear, or you no longer have your natural teeth, it is still important to visit your dentist regularly. Your dentist will check that your dentures continue to fit correctly and remain beneficial to your oral health. At your regular check-up, your dentist can also examine the surfaces of the cheeks, tongue, gums and roof of the mouth (palate) for oral cancer and discuss any concerns you may have about your general oral health.

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