Patients can lose teeth for many reasons. Most often it happens because of a dental disease but may also be caused by an accident. To help you maintain proper nutrition and self confidence, there are many options to help you recreate your smile. Two examples are complete dentures or partial dentures.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues sometimes also known as false teeth. A complete denture is a replacement of all natural teeth. A partial denture is used when some of the natural teeth still remain.
There are many reasons to replace missing teeth
- Chewing ability – improves when one has a full set of teeth
- Aesthetics – Wearing a denture gives a natural appearance of the face. Dentures also support the lips and cheeks and correct collapsed appearance that results from the loss of teeth
- Pronunciation – Missing teeth can significantly affect speaking and by replacing the missing teeth patient can again speak naturally
- Self-esteem – Improved looks and speech improves confidence and social interactions
Implants can now be used to aid in retention of dentures. If you are having trouble wearing your existing complete denture, you may choose to explore the placement of dental implants to improve the stability of your denture.