Dentures (False Teeth) — Prosthodontics
Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from gum disease, tooth decay or injury, replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health
When you lose all of your teeth, facial muscles can sag, making you look older. Dentures can help fill out the appearance of your face and profile. They can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that your appearance does not change much. Dentures may even improve the look of your smile.
Who is a good candidate?
Nearly anyone with missing teeth may be a candidate for dentures. Individuals who have lost most or all of their teeth often make good candidates for complete dentures, which those with some remaining natural teeth may benefit from partial dentures. During your consultation your dentist will determine if dentures are right for you.
Some people may not be good candidates for implants. They include:
- Young people whose jawbones have not stopped growing
- Pregnant women
- Heavy smokers — Smoking hinders healing in the mouth. It can reduce the likelihood of a successful implant.
- Alcohol or substance abusers who are not prepared to follow the dentist’s instructions after placement of the implant, such as no smoking, and returning for follow-up. They also may be less likely to take good care of their teeth and gums.
- People who have received high-dose radiation treatment of the head or neck
How is the procedure performed?
The dentist will ensure that the color, shape, and fit of the denture are accurate. You will need a few weeks to adjust to their new teeth. You may experience soreness or minor irritation during this time, but most people are able to begin speaking normally within a few hours.
Similarly, eating with new dentures will take a little practice, and it is best to start with soft, easy-to-chew foods. During your follow up appointment, the dentist will check to be sure that your mouth is adjusting properly.
Note: This information acts as a guide to your possible treatment. Your individual concerns and specific medical history will need to be shared and discussed with your surgeon during your initial consultation.