What are Dentures?
Dentures, also known as artificial teeth, are a common solution for patients who have lost one or more teeth. They help to restore the ability to eat properly, speak clearly and maintain facial structure. Dentures can be used to replace one missing tooth, several missing teeth or even a full arch of missing teeth.
Replacing missing teeth is crucial for maintaining overall oral health and well-being. When gaps are left unfilled, the remaining teeth can shift and change position, leading to issues such as jaw bone deterioration and gum tissue problems. Dentures can help to prevent these issues by filling in the gaps and restoring the natural balance of your bite.
At LightHouse Dental Kingston, we understand the importance of replacing missing teeth and the impact it can have on your overall oral health and well-being. Dentures may present an affordable option for those who are missing some or all of their teeth, and our team of experienced dentists will work with you to determine the best solution for your specific needs.
Types of Dentures
Regardless of whether you need to replace one tooth or a section of missing teeth, dentures can be used by a dentist to fill gaps in your smile and help restore the look and function of your smile.
If you are missing a full arch of teeth, your dentist may recommend full dentures, also known as complete dentures or false teeth. These dentures can be made to fit either the upper or lower jaw and held in place through suction or an oral adhesive.
It is important to note that full dentures are removable, which makes it easy for you to clean them and take them out while sleeping. This gives the gums and mouth a break and helps to prevent potential issues such as infection, sore spots, and overuse of the adhesive
Implant supported dentures are a form of dentures that are anchored to the jaw through the use of dental implants. These types of dentures are different from traditional dentures that are held in place by suction or adhesive, as they are firmly attached to the jaw providing a more stable and comfortable fit.
Your dentist will use partial dentures if you are missing more than a few teeth or if your surrounding teeth are not strong enough to support a dental bridge.
Partial dentures are made up of one or more artificial teeth held in place by clasps that fit onto your natural teeth or a tooth replacement like a dental crown.
They can be removed for cleaning and sleeping.
Why Dentures May Be Used
When you lose all of your teeth, your facial muscles can sag, giving you an older appearance. Dentures are a solution that can help to fill out your face and profile, giving you a more youthful look. They can be customized to closely resemble your natural teeth, ensuring that your appearance does not change significantly.
Replacing missing teeth is essential for your long-term oral health. When gaps are left unfilled, the remaining teeth can shift, causing issues such as jaw bone deterioration, gum tissue problems and even teeth misalignment. By fitting you with dentures, your dentist will help to protect your remaining teeth from shifting, and prevent these issues, promoting overall oral health.