Dentures are a complete or partial set of artificial teeth worn in the mouth to replace missing natural teeth. While there are many reasons a patient may have lost some or all his teeth, other patients may need to have their teeth intentionally extracted in order to receive dentures. This may be necessary due to different health and medical problems.
Dentures can be complete or partial. Complete dentures replicate every single tooth on the upper or lower arch. Partial dentures replace only a few or several missing teeth. Patients who had to have their teeth extracted by their dentist will be able to have a cast made of their original teeth. Patients who have lost their teeth naturally will have to try different types of dental molds in their mouth until a comfortable set of dentures is found.
Once manufactured, dentures are fitted to the mouth to ensure that they are comfortable. Dentures usually attach through tension with the gums, but if some teeth remain in the mouth, they may be manufactured to attach to those teeth instead. In some cases, dentures may be designed to attach to a dental implant instead.
Patients who receive dentures are able to go back to their normal lifestyles immediately. The dentures may feel odd at first, and eating may be problematic until the patient adjusts to using the dentures. Dentures must be cared for as normal teeth must with daily cleanings. The gums must be cared for as well to prevent periodontal diseases. Dentures may last many decades if cared for properly.