Dentures are an effective tooth replacement option for many people who have lost some or all of their natural teeth. They can restore a person’s smile and boost their self-confidence. They can also help with chewing and speaking.
The dentures themselves can be made from a number of different materials, most commonly acrylic and sometimes porcelain. They are usually designed to fit comfortably over a patient’s gums. They can be worn on both the upper and lower jaw. There are two main types of dentures; complete and partial. A complete denture is also known as a full denture and can be used to replace all of the natural teeth in the upper and lower jaw. This is most common for elderly patients or those who have had all of their teeth removed due to decay, gum disease or trauma. A complete denture can be a permanent solution for those who are missing all of their natural teeth and can provide a much better quality of life than wearing no teeth at all.
There are some people who prefer to use a partial denture to fill in the gaps left by some of their natural teeth. A partial denture is a plastic, nylon or metal plate with a number of false teeth attached to it. It clips onto a number of the remaining natural teeth via metal clasps. The benefit of a partial denture is that it prevents the teeth remaining either side of the gap from moving into it, which can loosen them and cause further problems with the mouth.
It can take time to get used to using Dentures, especially when chewing and talking. For this reason, many people find that it helps to practice with their family and friends before they are fully comfortable. It can also help to exercise the muscles in the cheek and jaw area to strengthen them. This can improve the clarity of speech and help to prevent a clicking sound when speaking.
Another way to help with the transition is to wear a mouthguard to protect your mouth against injury and to keep food from falling into the crevices between your teeth. It is also helpful to use an adhesive if you feel that your dentures are coming loose, or for added stability if you are a public speaker or musician.
It is important that all denture wearers visit their dentist regularly. This will ensure that the mouth and gums are healthy and free from any disease or infection. The dentist will also be able to identify any problems early and treat them as they arise.