Dentures are removable dental appliances that are used to replace missing teeth. They are commonly known as “false teeth” and can be made of acrylic or a combination of acrylic and metal. Partial dentures are designed to replace some missing teeth, while complete dentures are recommended for those who have lost all of their natural teeth. Dentures not only help with eating and speaking, but they can also enhance a person’s appearance.
Other options to removable dentures are available, including bridges and dental implants. Bridges are artificial teeth that are affixed to existing natural teeth, while dental implants are prosthetic teeth mounted on a titanium post that is surgically implanted into the jawbone. The optimal treatment option depends on various factors, including the number and location of missing teeth, as well as the health of the remaining teeth and gums. Your dentist will work with you to determine the most suitable option.
Taking proper care of your dentures is essential for their longevity and to avoid discomfort or irritation. Even with proper care, dentures may eventually need to be remade if they become worn or do not fit properly. It’s recommended to visit your dentist regularly to have them check the fit and condition of your dentures and advise you on when it’s time to get new ones. By being proactive, you can avoid any potential issues and ensure that your dentures continue to serve you well.