Dentures—or "false teeth"—are sometimes used as a replacement for missing teeth. They're generally made from a combination of metal and acrylic plastic, designed to look like real teeth and function almost as well.

Types of Dentures

  • Complete or full dentures replace all teeth along the top or bottom jaw (or both jaws)
  • Partial dentures replace some missing teeth in one jaw, using the natural teeth that remains as an anchor
  • Overdentures are clipped over an attachment in the roots of existing teeth or worn over dental implants
  • Implant-retained dentures are held in place using dental implants secured to the bone of the jaw
  • Immediate dentures are placed in the mouth immediately following a tooth extraction, providing a more efficient and comfortable after-care treatment than waiting 3 months

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the advantages of dentures?

Besides the obvious advantage of replacing your missing teeth, dentures can be easily removed and given a thorough cleaning.

Does wearing dentures hurt?

At first, it will take some time to adjust to eating or speaking with dentures. You may even have to adjust your diet to compensate. But overall, wearing dentures should not be painful or uncomfortable. See your dentist if you need your dentures readjusted for a better fit.

Will dentures affect my appearance?

Dentures that fit properly will blend into your natural appearance. However, see your dentist if you need a readjustment, as ill-fitting dentures will cause your face to shrink and move your chin and nose closer.

How do I take care of my dentures?

Just like with real teeth, dentures will collect bits of food and build up plaque over time. Always brush and soak them to keep in good condition. Be sure to discuss other denture care instructions with your dentist.

How are dentures made?

First, a dentist takes an impression of your teeth. Then the impression is sent to the dental laboratory and a denture is created. You'll need to visit your dentist to get your new denture fitted and adjusted for the most comfortable position possible.

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