A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and the tissues connected to those teeth. As we age, our teeth gradually deteriorate. Ageing teeth become brittle & crack and chip more readily. Tooth decay further adds to the problem. Millions of people worldwide wear dentures. With today’s technology, they look more natural and fit better than ever before.
Dentures are prosthetic devices made of acrylic plastic and sometimes porcelain and metal materials. A denture closely resembles natural gum tissue and teeth.
Complete dentures replace all of the teeth, while partial dentures fill in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevent other teeth from shifting position.
Who needs a denture?
A partial denture is for people who still have some of their natural teeth. Dentures are not just for elderly patients. Patients of any age may lose some or all of their teeth and may require a denture of some sort. Because teeth are a permanent part of the body, tooth loss can have an emotional impact on some people. It is important to talk to your dentist about any fears, anxiety, or other emotions you are feeling about tooth loss.
Are there any alternatives to dentures?
Dental implants are a possible alternative to dentures. Where the tooth has been lost and adjacent teeth are intact, the method of choice to replace the tooth is an implant which can be single tooth replacement/ multiple teeth replacement. This procedure is now routine and is considered a long term predictable treatment option.
Implants and bridges may resemble the “feel” of real teeth, but they may be more expensive than dentures. Not all patients are good candidates for implants, so be sure to talk to us about which treatment option is best for you.