Missing teeth, affect your ability to chew, speak and smile. Since feeling good and looking good are important to us all, it is important to maintain a healthy and attractive smile.

If you have lost your natural teeth, then dentures can replace your missing teeth and your smile. You’ll be able to eat, speak and smile again. Three things often taken for granted until you lose teeth.

There are various types of dentures. Complete which means replacing all teeth and Partial where a few natural teeth remain and the partial dentures replaces a few missing teeth.

Dentures can closely resemble your original teeth and smile. The framework is made of a flesh-colored plastic that resembles gum tissue and the tooth veneers have a wide range of shades. More natural looking complete and partial dentures can be attached to implants. This provides a secure fit in your mouth. Implants are titanium “roots” that attach directly to your jaw. Implants help dentures look and feel natural.

Implant retained dentures have a longer healing period for your jaw compared to traditional dentures. It can take 3 to 4 months for the implant to secure into the jawbone. During this healing period the dentures can still be worn but they will not securely attach to the implants.

Implant secured dentures may not be possible if the jawbone is too thin for the implant to be secure. Traditional dentures rest on your gums and roof of your mouth and are an alternative to dentures retained by implants.

Immediate dentures are placed in the mouth the day the natural teeth are extracted. These will need relines as the mouth heals from the extractions and the bone and gums change shape.

Conventional dentures are placed when the teeth have been extracted years prior. They can be used to replace old or worn dentures or can be made for someone who has missing teeth but has never worn dentures before.

An adhesive can temporarily aid a loose-fitting denture. Prolonged use of adhesive is not recommended. A denture that does not fit properly may cause irritation and possible sores. If loose, a dentist should check and the denture may require a reline procedure or it may be time for a new, better fitting denture.

Dentures are a prosthetic expect your gums to take some time to adapt. There is also a learning period. It may take time to learn how to chew and speak again using denture teeth. Dentures can be uncomfortable if they do not fit properly. It is important to visit a dentist for routine check-ups so the denture and fit can be evaluated. Over time bone and gums will change shape and the denture will need to be modified so it will fit properly.

Dentures are a great way to replace missing teeth and restore your smile.