Dentures are false teeth that replace missing or lost teeth. Many people assume they will need dentures as they age, but losing teeth is not a part of the normal aging process. Dentures are a last resort. Your dentist will try to save as many of your natural teeth as possible, as natural teeth help retain the bone in your jaw.
Dentures can either be complete or partial. Complete dentures are made for people who have lost all of their teeth. These dentures cover the entire jaw. Complete dentures are custom-designed for the patient. This process involves a series of appointments in which an impression of your mouth is made and the size, shape, and color of the teeth are decided. A patient who has lost all of their teeth might consider getting a few dental implants to help support the dentures. Partial dentures replace a few missing teeth by attaching metal framework around neighboring teeth.
With improvements in technology, dentures have become more comfortable and appear more natural. However, some problems can still occur. If you experience clicking, frequent gum irritation, slipping, or odor, these might be signs that your dentures do not fit properly. In this case, talk to your dentist to have them remolded or remade.
Although dentures may look like natural teeth, they require some adjustment to get used to. You may not be able to eat or talk the same way you used to. Sometimes it takes up to several months for a patient to be fully adjusted to their new set of teeth.