Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth and the gum tissues connected to those teeth. Made of acrylic plastic, porcelain, and metal materials, dentures closely resemble natural gum tissue and teeth. Despite the common misconception, dentures are not just for the elderly. Anyone who has lost permanent teeth can replace them with dentures. There are partial dentures for those who still have some of their natural teeth, and there are complete dentures for those who have had to have all of their natural teeth removed. Not only do dentures replace missing teeth, but they help to protect the exposed area of gum line and tissue where the missing teeth used to be.
People of any age can lose permanent teeth. Be it from injury, tooth decay, or gum disease – some people do not keep their permanent teeth for their lifetime. Tooth loss can have a huge emotional impact on some patients. Replacing missing teeth with dentures can help people to feel complete in their appearance again and be much less self conscious. For those who have lost just a few teeth, partial dentures are used to fill in the spaces created by the missing teeth and to prevent other teeth from shifting. The mouth does not want to have open gaps, and the bone in those gaps will begin to deteriorate causing more oral health problems. Dentures are a way to satisfy the mouth’s need to be complete in order to keep the gums and bone healthy and in place.
New denture wearers need time to become accustomed to their new teeth because even the best fitting dentures will feel awkward at first. Speaking and chewing will be different, and patients will need to adjust the movements of the mouths in order to make their dentures feel comfortable and normal. Proper care of the dentures and regular visits to the dentist will help ensure that dentures are properly formed for the mouth and are working like they should.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mark Rowe, Rowe Family Dental Care
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