Dentures are artificial teeth created by your dentist to replace teeth that have been removed or lost by patients. Your dentist forms the dentures to your mouth and can be either full or partial. This means they can replace a full set of teeth or they can replace the top or bottom gum line where there are a few or all teeth are missing. Dentures improve the appearance of a person’s smile, allows them to eat comfortably, and helps support specific facial structures surrounding the cheeks and lips.
Partial dentures are often used as an alternative to other tooth replacement methods such as bridges and crowns. The partial dentures are custom made specifically to fit a patient’s mouth and fitted to the part of the affected gum line. They are not permanently fastened to the jaw and are removable when a patient would like to clean them or sleep.
Full dentures are dentures that completely replace all of a patient’s natural teeth. This is typically the case for elderly patients who want the convenience of a more aesthetically appealing and sturdier set of teeth. Just like partial dentures they are easy to remove. They can be held into place by an oral adhesive and suction, helping them fit to the top and/ or bottom gum line.
Permanent dentures are fixed in the jaw of the patient by dental implants. A dental implant is a permanent fixture that is surgically implanted to the jawbone with the purpose of providing patients with a supportive, long-lasting set of replacement teeth. Some patients replace a full set of teeth, but it is most commonly done on the lower jaw. The dental implants are composed of a metal post and a crown that is made to look like a natural tooth.