Patients who have lost their natural teeth due to decay, gum disease, or injury can suffer from related problems including further decay, difficulty eating and speaking, and drooping of facial muscles. Full and partial dentures replace the missing teeth, both aesthetically and functionally, providing support and restoring the smile.
Full (complete) dentures are used when all of the natural teeth have been lost, while partial dentures fill in the gaps between natural teeth. The gums, dentures, and any remaining natural teeth will need to be cleaned regularly to prevent staining, sores and plaque build-up. With proper care, your dentures should last for a very long time.
The type of denture you receive is based on several factors, including your oral health, number of remaining teeth, and personal preferences. You will also need to determine the attachment method that you want. Your dentist will help you select the most appropriate options for you.
Dentures are created in the process of several dental appointments. The initial process involves making impressions of your teeth, gums, and jaws to fabricate a model to use for creating your dentures. Your dentist will have you bite on a piece of wax to record your bite pattern. He or she will determine the colour of your teeth and gums. Your new dentures will match these colours to create a natural-looking smile. When the initial process is completed the mold, bite pattern and colour specifications are sent to a dental lab that will custom-make your dentures.
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