Dentures (Partial & Full):
Removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues. They can replace some or all teeth and can help to restore your smile.
This appliance can be used to help fill out the appearance of your face and profile, and can be made to closely resemble the look of natural teeth.
Dentures can help patients through:
- Mastication, as chewing ability is improved by replacing edentulous areas with denture teeth.
- Aesthetics, because the presence of teeth gives a natural appearance to the face, and wearing a denture to replace missing teeth provides support for the lips and cheeks and corrects the collapsed appearance that results from the loss of teeth.
- Pronunciation, because replacing missing teeth, especially the anteriors, enables patients to speak better. There is especially improvement in pronouncing words containing sibilants or fricatives.
- Self-esteem, because improved looks and speech boost confidence in the ability to interact socially.
An alternative to dentures are dental implants. They can be used to support cemented bridges, eliminating the need for a denture. The cost is usually greater, but the implants and bridges more closely resemble the feel of real teeth. Dental implants are becoming the alternative to a denture but not everyone is a candidate for implants.
In addition, implants can be used to anchor dentures. This is an excellent alternative to fixed bridgework. It can require as few as two implants.
Also see...Dental Implants