Dentures are the traditional “low-tech” false teeth replacements.
All the teeth in a jaw are missing and they rest on the gum only.
- they are removable for cleaning, not being directly attached to the mouth
- rely on “suction” (for the upper) and close fit to remain stable
This is an economic solution for an entire jaw(s) of missing teeth, and while they have inherent drawbacks such as increased bulk of material and lack of security, have been used successfully for many decades. Problems do arise especially where the teeth have been missing for extended years and the gums (or properly: the jaw bone underneath) shrink down, often becoming less suitable to stabilise and support the dentures.
Used to replace one or a number of missing teeth, where some natural teeth remain. Key features include:
- typically held snugly to the teeth by clasps (“retainers”).
- are easily removed for cleaning
- they can be fabricated generally without costly, extensive and, as some might regard it, invasive procedures to the jaw and teeth,
- it is an economic (and reversible) way to replacing one or multiple missing teeth
Care and use of dentures
Some people do find it challenging to adjust to dentures at first, particularly with lower dentures. So it is important that if you contemplate having dentures that you are mentally prepared for a period of adjustment, but with a positive approach and realistic expectations this hurdle can usually be overcome.
It is usual and important to leave them out at night, avoiding 24-hour wear as this can contribute to unhealthy gums and increased decay.
See Denture Care