What are dentures?
Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. While dentures take some getting used to, and will never feel exactly the same as one’s natural teeth, today’s dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever. Dentures can be either Full (complete) or Partial.
- Full Dentures (conventional and implant-supported)
A Full (complete) denture consists of a thin acrylic base that rests on the gum tissue and is the same color as your gums. Porcelain or acrylic replacement teeth built into the base give the appearance of natural teeth emerging from the gums.
Modern technology allows dentures to be secured more firmly to your jaw with the use of dental implants, placed in the jaw and connected under the base of the denture. In addition to having greater retention and a more natural look, implant-supported dentures tend to usually last longer. Dr. Amee can discuss these options and help you understand the ways they can improve your experience with dentures.
- Partial Dentures
A partial denture rests on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. The framework is supported by your natural teeth to provide a reliable, secure appliance that is easy to use.
We look forward to discussing your options to make your mouth full again and to give you back a confident, glowing smile!
How long do dentures last?
Over a period of time, your denture will need to be relined, remade, or rebased due to normal wear. Rebasing means making a new base while keeping the existing denture teeth. Also, as you age, your mouth naturally changes. These changes cause your dentures to loosen, making chewing difficult and irritating your gums. Please visit your dentist annually for a checkup.