Dentures, False Teeth

Dentures, False Teeth

If you have many teeth missing due to gum disease or tooth decay, and the option of placing dental implants seems to be expensive for you, then the placement of ‘false teeth’ or dentures may be the best option for you. If dentures are made properly, they may give you a very good option for improving your self-esteem by enhancing your bite, improving speech and your mouth’s overall appearance. When you lose teeth, your facial muscles weaken and sag, making it challenging to chew and speak. Dentures are devices that automatically improve your facial profile and lead to a better quality of life.

There are different types of dentures, some of which are fixed, others that are removable and, in rare instances, implanted. Implanted dentures are for those people who have lost a significant amount of bone density and offer anchorage for dentures. These types (implantable dentures) need to be cleaned regularly.

Dentures are basically removable false teeth, which are supported by the gums and teeth or implants, as explained. Dentures may replace all of your teeth, called a Complete denture, either for the top jaw or bottom jaw; or Dentures may replace only a few teeth; these are Partial dentures, which may be made from plastic (acrylic) or metal (chrome cobalt).

A Complete lower denture is always difficult for a patient to wear. For that reason, a denture may be worn on top of two implants placed on the lower jaw. The lower denture may then be clipped in and out for support, retention and stability.