There are different types of dentures, but they share a common function. They replace teeth that have been lost due to cavities or periodontal disease. Complete dentures are indicated when all the teeth in the mouth are missing or must be extracted. Partial dentures are indicated when several teeth are missing but the remaining teeth are cavity free and have good support. When bone loss around the roots of teeth is great enough to loosen them, it’s time for dentures. Relax. No one enjoys losing their natural teeth, but with dentures you can still eat and talk regularly.
After the entire mouth is examined, a determination is made as to which teeth will be removed and which, if any, will remain. The loose teeth are then extracted, impressions are taken and the dentures are fabricated. There is an adjustment period after dentures are placed in the mouth and they can take some getting used to. Once accustomed to the dentures, most of the normal function and appearance return. If needed, implants can be used to further stabilize the dentures.