Dentures have actually been in use for more than 2,000 years. As substitutes for missing teeth, dentures have been improved so that they are effective, easy to use and aesthetically appealing. Properly fit dentures not only can improve your appearance, but also can help you to eat more comfortably and speak more clearly.
Each patient presents a personal, individual situation. You and your dentist can discuss the options that are available to you. Together, you will determine the best choice for your particular situation.
In the event that you are having only several teeth removed, your dentist may suggest a removable partial denture. Removable partial dentures maintain your oral health in several ways:
By acting as space maintainers, the “partials” keep your teeth from drifting into the open spaces. Such shifting places an unnatural stress on the tissues in your mouth and make your remaining teeth more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.
By balancing your bite with replacement teeth you will be able to chew naturally on all sides of your mouth. Chewing on one side places unnecessary stress on the teeth involved and can eventually cause further gum and tissue problems.
Replacing missing teeth helps to improve both your appearance and speech. By supporting your lips and cheeks, “partials” help to support normal facial structure.
Whether you and your dentist decide on partial, immediate or “regular” dentures, your success as a denture wearer depends in great measure on your positive attitude. You will need to be persistent. Keeping your dental appointments and following your dentist’s instructions is critical. Take the time to adjust to your dentures and you will become one of millions of satisfied people who, like you, wear dentures.
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