Full dentures, also known as complete dentures, are dental prosthetic devices designed to replace all of the natural teeth in the upper or lower arch, or both, of a patient’s mouth. They are a comprehensive solution for individuals who have lost all of their teeth due to decay, gum disease, injury, or other oral health issues.
Full dentures are custom-made to fit the unique shape and contours of the patient’s mouth. They consist of an acrylic base that mimics the appearance of gum tissue and holds a set of artificial teeth in place. The base is carefully crafted to match the color and texture of natural gum tissue, providing a lifelike and aesthetic result.
These dentures are typically held in place using the natural suction between the denture base and the gums. However, denture adhesives or dental implants can also be used to enhance stability and retention.
Full dentures offer numerous benefits to individuals with complete tooth loss. They restore the ability to eat, speak, and smile confidently, improving overall oral function and quality of life. They also provide support to facial muscles, preventing the sunken appearance often associated with missing teeth.
Yes, dentures can often be repaired if they break. The repairability of dentures depends on the extent and nature of the damage. Here are some common scenarios:
It’s important to note that while denture repair is possible in many cases, the success of the repair may depend on the condition and age of the denture. If the denture has undergone multiple repairs or if it is significantly worn or damaged, the dentist may recommend considering a new denture instead of a repair.
The process for getting dentures typically involves several steps and visits to your denture clinic. Here is a general overview of the process: