A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and the tissues connected to those teeth. Complete dentures replace all of the teeth, while a partial denture is suitable for those who have some natural teeth remaining. A denture improves chewing ability and speech, while providing support for the facial muscles. A denture can greatly enhance a patient’s facial appearance and smile.
To ensure proper fit, visit your dentist on a regular basis. Even if you have no teeth, visit your dentist at least once a year. At that visit, the dentist will determine the fit and balance of the denture, examine your soft tissues and perform the so important oral cancer exam. It is important to remove your denture for at least eight hours each day. This lets the gum tissue rest, and allows for normal stimulation and cleansing of the mouth by the tongue and saliva.
Many times there is a lack of bone or gum support for a partial or a denture to properly stay in place. This occurs because bone tends to disappear when there is not a tooth to hold. In this type of case, implants are often the solution. The placement of one or two implants can bring the retention and stability you need to enjoy your food.