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Dentures are removable dental appliances used to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues. They are commonly referred to as "false teeth." Dentures are designed to mimic the appearance and function of natural teeth, helping individuals with missing teeth regain their ability to eat, speak, and smile confidently.

There are two main types of dentures:

  1. Complete Dentures: Complete dentures are used when all of a person's natural teeth are missing, either in the upper (maxillary) or lower (mandibular) arch of the mouth. There are two subtypes:
    • Conventional Complete Dentures: These are made after all remaining teeth have been extracted, and the gum tissues have healed. It can take several weeks for the healing process to complete before conventional dentures can be placed.
    • Immediate Complete Dentures: These are pre-made dentures that are inserted immediately after tooth extraction. They are often used as a temporary solution while the gum tissues heal, but they may require adjustments as the gums change shape during the healing process.
  2. Partial Dentures: Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain in the mouth. They consist of replacement teeth attached to a metal or acrylic framework, which clips onto existing natural teeth for support. Partial dentures help fill in gaps caused by missing teeth and prevent the remaining natural teeth from shifting out of position.

The process of getting dentures typically involves several steps, including dental impressions, measurements, and fittings. Dentures are custom-made to fit each individual's mouth comfortably and securely. Adjustments may be necessary over time to ensure a proper fit as the mouth and gums change.

Dentures require regular care and maintenance, including daily cleaning, to prevent issues such as bad breath, gum irritation, and bacterial buildup. It's also important to continue seeing a dentist for routine check-ups to monitor the condition of the dentures and oral health.

In recent years, dental technology has advanced, offering alternatives to traditional dentures, such as dental implants and implant-supported dentures. These options provide more stable and long-lasting solutions for individuals with missing teeth. However, dentures remain a viable and cost-effective option for many people who need tooth replacement.