A complete set of teeth is not only important for a healthy smile but also for chewing and speaking. But sometimes, natural teeth are lost due to tooth decay injury or gum disease. If a tooth is missing it can be harder to maintain a healthy smile. The remaining teeth can move around as they drift into the space left by the missing tooth. These teeth can become crooked and they can be difficult to clean, possibly leading to tooth decay and gum disease. The good news is that dentures can replace your missing teeth and your smile. Replacing your missing teeth with dentures not only gives you back your beautiful smile but it's also good for your health: you'll be able to eat more easily and speak more clearly.
Depending on your situation you can get complete or partial dentures. Complete dentures are necessary when you have lost all or most of your natural teeth. Partial dentures are recommended when you're only missing some of your teeth. The good thing about dentures is that they can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth, a little change may be seen in your appearance and full dentures may even improve the look of your smile. Dentures provide the necessary support to maintain the shape of your face. Without a full set of teeth your face may lose the support it needs, your cheeks and lips may look sunken and facial muscle tend to sag, making you look older than you are.
Dentures are made to securely fit your mouth however while getting used to your new dentures your dentist may recommend a dental adhesive. Adhesives are not recommended for long-term use but they are useful during the adjustment period. Like natural teeth, dentures are likely to last longer when they are properly cared for.
You still need to visit your dentist regularly. Oral exams are important to check for potential gum disease or oral cancer if you still have some teeth. Professional teeth cleanings are necessary to keep your natural teeth healthy over time. Dentures are a great option to replace your natural teeth. A full set of teeth not only helps you speak more easily, it also helps your face, keeps its shape and it can give you the added self-confidence to show off your beautiful smile.