Don’t let missing teeth ruin your smile and your self-confidence. Today there are plenty of ways to restore missing teeth, and if you have lost one or more teeth, you should definitely have them replaced before other dental issues develop. Missing teeth can lead to crooked teeth, a misaligned bite, and/or more missing teeth. Don’t wait until things get worse, restore your smile with dentures.
Two Types of Dentures
There are two types of dentures for restoring missing teeth: Complete dentures and partial dentures. Complete dentures cover your complete dental arch and are for those who are edentulous (missing all teeth) on either the top, bottom, or both dental arches. They consist of a pink acrylic base that fits over (and looks like) your gums. The base is topped with a set of replacement teeth and held in place by way of suction against your natural gums. Denture adhesive also can help keep them in place.
Unfortunately, many patients find dentures uncomfortable due to their tendency to shift and slip while eating or talking. Today, implant-supported dentures can remedy this issue.
What is a Partial Denture?
If you are not completely edentulous but have various missing teeth on one or both arches, a partial denture can help restore your smile. Partial dentures can be designed in a variety of ways to fit your individual tooth loss. As with full dentures they consist of replacement teeth attached to a pink acrylic base. However, partial dentures are usually attached to your remaining healthy teeth for stability via a metal framework and clasps. Also, rather than replace all your teeth, partial dentures are designed to fit around your natural teeth while replacing your missing teeth.