Dentures Provide Many Benefits
When most or all of your natural teeth have been lost, dentures provide many benefits such as:
- Restoring your self esteem
- Regaining your eating ability
- Aid speaking ability
- Give support back to the lips and cheeks
- Giving you a natural and younger appearance
Types of Dentures
A complete denture is placed in the patients mouth after all of the teeth have been extracted and the gum tissue has healed.
An overdenture usually requires that at least two roots be kept. These roots may be used to hold the denture in place by placing inserts in the roots and in the denture. The denture will then attach to the roots.
An implant-retained denture is similar to an overdenture, but uses implants as anchors.
An immediate denture is placed the same day as the teeth are extracted, the advantage to the immediate denture is the patient doesn’t have to be without teeth during the heeling process.
A partial denture or “removable bridge” replaces one or more missing teeth, but there must be teeth remaining for the partial to attach to. Unlike a fixed bridge a partial is removable.
Your dentist can evaluate your situation and help you determine the best option for you.