Missing one or more teeth is one of the common dental problems faced by most of us. Fixing dentures is one of the affordable ways for replacing missing teeth. They are artificial structures that are fixed between teeth. They are connected to the tissues of the mouth. Dentures are fixed in the mouth with the help of adjoining teeth and tissues. They are generally made of acrylic resin and metal. They are also known as false teeth. However, they resemble real teeth and act as a substitute to them. Dentures are usually removable.
The basic function of dentures is to enable proper chewing function. They also prevent the falling of adjoining teeth. Different types of dentures including complete, partial and over dentures are used based on the necessity of the person.
Dentures are fitted into the mouth by two methods including immediate and conventional ones. In immediate method, the molds of the jaws are prepared beforehand. Then the teeth are removed and dentures are fitted on the same day. On the other hand, once the teeth are removed, conventional dentures are fitted only when the gums are healed completely. The molds of jaw are made after the teeth are removed and hence the dentures are well fitted and adjusted. Whatever the mode of fitting may be, dentures are beneficial for replacing missing teeth.
Benefits of Dentures
Loss of one or more teeth can be replaced by dentures. They provide both cosmetic and functional benefits.
Cosmetic Benefits of Dentures
Dentures are used for enhancing the aesthetic appearance of the teeth. Some of the cosmetic benefits include:
- Replacement of missing teeth which are in poor condition
- Enhances the appearance
- Supports facial structures
- Avoids further shifting of remaining teeth
- Provides a perfect smile
Functional Benefits of Dentures
Dentures also provide certain functional benefits that include:
- Allowing proper eating
- Improvement of speech
- Durability for five to ten years
Dentures are much inexpensive when compared to any other types of dental implants. Hence, they are considered as affordable ways of replacing missing teeth.