Dentures are artificial devices constructed to replace missing teeth.
There are two types of dentures:
Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain. The partial denture is removable and has internal attachments that are very natural looking. Partial dentures fill in the spaces created by missing teeth as well as prevent other teeth from changing position.
Complete dentures first involve the removal of existing teeth before replacing. The denture placement can either be immediate or after 8-12 months of the teeth removal (which allows time for the gum tissue to heal).
Dentures are suitable for those who:
- Have red, swollen, bleeding and tender gums
- Have teeth that are loose or shifting
- Have missing teeth
- Experience difficulty when eating hard or chewy foods
- Have indigestion
- Are unhappy with the look of their teeth
Benefits of dentures include:
- Improved chewing ability
- Improved aesthetics, leading to self confidence
- Improved pronunciation
However, if dentures are not maintained well with regular cleaning, some problems can occur such as gum and mouth irritation, problems eating and speaking and mouth infections.