Dentures are removable dental appliances that can replace several missing teeth. They consist of prosthetic teeth set into a gum-colored base, which is held in place with natural suction or the help of an adhesive. The denture base is made of pink acrylic that mimics natural gum tissue.
Dentures can be either a full set or partial set, depending on the number of teeth missing. Full dentures replace all of the upper teeth, lower teeth, or both. Partial dentures are used when only a few teeth are missing and fit around your existing teeth.
Dentures can vastly improve your appearance, boost your confidence, and improve your oral function. They’re an affordable and effective way to restore your smile.
Types of Dentures
Partial dentures are the removable dental appliance that replaces multiple missing teeth. Partial dentures are used when you still have some healthy teeth remaining. A partial denture will fill in the gaps in your smile and prevent other teeth from shifting. Partial dentures use clasps that hook onto your teeth and stay in place. A partial denture is created out of a metal framework, plastic or acrylic resin, and denture teeth. The partial denture is custom-created in a dental lab based on measurements and molds of your mouth.
Full or complete dentures, sometimes called false teeth, are removable dental prosthetics for patients who have lost all of their teeth. Complete dentures will replace a full arch of missing teeth and typically consist of an upper and lower denture. They are made from acrylic resin and are held in place by suction, dental adhesives, or dental implants. Dentures are custom designed to fit comfortably and function like natural teeth, restoring the ability to chew, talk, and smile. Complete dentures are renewed every five to 10 years, as your mouth will continue to change shape as you age.
What Are the Advantages of Dentures?
Patients who have dentures often report improvement in the function and appearance of their smile. The other benefits offered by dentures include the following:
- Improved appearance and smile
- Easier and more comfortable chewing
- A boost to your confidence and self-esteem
- Easier eating
- Improved oral health
- Easier cleaning of the mouth
- More affordable than dental implants
- Improved speech
To learn more about our dental procedures, call Albuquerque Dentist at 505-797-1000 or visit our dental office located at 5900 Cubero Drive NE, Suite B, Albuquerque, NM 87109.