Dentures are removable appliances used to replace missing permanent teeth. It is composed of a gum-colored base with artificial teeth. There are multiple types of dentures, including conventional, immediate, and partial dentures.
Types of Dentures
- Conventional Dentures – Conventional dentures are full removable dentures. They are made for patients who have lost most or all of their natural teeth.
- Immediate Dentures – Immediate dentures are also removable and serve as a temporary solution for patients who have had their remaining natural teeth removed to prepare for receiving full dentures. Immediate dentures are most often offered for patients to use as their gums and jawbone heal after extraction.
Partial dentures are another type of denture that is a popular solution for patients who are only missing a few natural teeth. Partial dentures help fill the gaps in-between existing teeth that are missing permanent teeth. Most partial dentures are removable, which allows patients the flexibility of removing them to sleep comfortably or to continue regular dental hygiene.
Benefits of Dentures
Dentures provide numerous benefits, such as:
- Restores a natural-looking smile – Dentures are designed to restore the appearance of a natural smile. They are customized to fit your natural facial structure as well as match your natural teeth color and shape.
- Restores the ability to speak and eat normally – Dentures make it easier to speak, eat, chew, and bite, allowing you to speak without difficulty and enjoy your favorite foods once again.
- Prevents facial muscles from sagging – When you undergo tooth loss, your facial muscles can begin to sag due to the lack of support. However, dentures allow you to maintain your facial structure, which helps you maintain a youthful look.
- Comfortable to use – Many patients avoid getting dentures because the appliances are often perceived as uncomfortable or difficult to use and maintain on a daily basis. However, thanks to advances in modern dentistry, dentures have become more comfortable and easier to use than ever before.
Dentures may take some time to get used to if you’re using them for the first time. However, as your mouth and jaw begin to adjust, using them becomes much easier. Dr. Espili can discuss denture care and management tips with you as well. If you’re ready to restore your smile with restorative dentures, book an appointment with our office today.