Replacing Missing Teeth With Dentures

Great innovations in cosmetic dentistry and new techniques allow construction of dentures which are made of colored acrylics to greatly mimic the appearance of natural teeth making it difficult for onlookers to tell the difference.

The importance of replacing extensive dental loss with dentures (either partial or complete) is not just appearance however, although this plays a very crucial part in a person’s sense of self-esteem and confidence.  Teeth replacement acts to support facial muscles to prevent the cheeks and lips from sagging inward. In doing so, the individual gains a youthful appearance instead of that of an old person.

There are functional roles that teeth replacement fills besides giving a nice smile.  By aiding in chewing of food, nourishment is provided and the risk of choking from food consumption is decreased.  In addition, the teeth aid in communication and enunciation of words.

Some individuals have suffered from extensive dental damage and tooth loss secondary to trauma, widespread decay, or periodontal disease, which has gone essentially ignored. These people can be quite frustrated and request all remaining teeth to be extracted with a full denture devised.

Despite their request, a cosmetic, reconstruction dentist will generally recommend keeping the healthy remaining teeth and having implants or only partial dentures fabricated.

Implants supporting partial dentures, which are titanium posts inserted into the jawbone and act as anchors for the dentures to attach, will prevent sliding or shifting of the device in the mouth, providing security both of the appliance and frame of mind.

Full or complete dentures are recommended for patients who have either lost all their upper and lower teeth or need to have the remaining teeth extracted (removed) due to severe damage or extensive decay. High quality acrylic resins are used to form the base, colored to match gums and they are wear-resistant.  Porcelain is used for the tooth material as it mimics natural enamel.

Wax impressions are used to create dentures based on shape and size of the bite and jaw shape.  Nowadays dentures can be custom designed to fit not only the shape of the mouth but also smile lines and age as well.

After extraction, if this process is required, dentures cannot be customized and used for between one and two months while the gums and oral tissues are healing in order to get a proper fit. If this poses a problem, dentures can be placed in immediately after extractions and adjusted accordingly as time progresses.