If you are missing some or all of your teeth, another treatment option is dentures. Depending on your dental situation you will either need a complete or partial set.

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures are not permanent and can be removed for easy cleaning. They are used when you do not have any existing teeth left in your upper or lower jaws. Dentures are made of a pink plate that has a set of artificial teeth attached. These teeth will be customized to mimic the shape, size, and color of your original teeth. Dentures today look natural and can be custom fit to restore your smile’s natural appearance.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are also removable and are made to replace multiple missing teeth. They can be used when you still have existing teeth in your upper or lower jaw. Partials are generally made from a pink plate that will match your gums. This plate will have the fabricated teeth attached. The partial is usually attached to a metal framework that will be held in place with the help of adjoining teeth.

There are pros and cons to having a set of custom-made dentures. Let’s take a look at these so you can have a good understanding of what is involved.

Pros

  • They will improve your smile and your confidence.

  • Having a set of dentures can make eating easier if you’ve struggled with missing teeth prior.

  • Missing teeth can cause you to slur your words making it hard for people to understand what you are saying. Having a full set of teeth can help with your speech.

  • Missing teeth can cause sagging in your facial structure and this can cause you to look much older. Having dentures will help support your facial muscles making your face appear younger and more filled out.

Cons

  • Dentures are not permanent.

  • Since custom dentures need to be made, several appointments will be necessary.

  • At first, you might not feel comfortable in your new dentures. There will be an adjustment period needed as you get used to them.

  • They will need to be removed and cleaned on a regular basis.

  • They can be broken and need to be treated with care.

  • Eventually, they will need to be replaced. They will wear down with general use and your gums can change shape over time. With proper care, your dentures should last from 5 to 7 years.

  • Partials have a metal frame that can damage abutment teeth (the teeth supporting the artificial teeth.

Missing teeth can be a source of embarrassment and can cause a wide variety of dental problems. If you are missing teeth and are looking for a solution, ask us about denture options.