Full dentures are often recommended to people with few or no salvageable teeth. They are a great means to restore oral health, especially for individuals with severe or chronic tooth issues. Full dentures may help fill out your face if it appears sunken due to lack of teeth. It also restores the ability to eat a wide variety of dishes which helps improve your overall health.
A full denture is a teeth replacement fitted onto an acrylic base that is crafted to fit and look like your gums. The upper denture features a plate designed to cover the roof of your mouth, and the lower denture is horseshoe-like, securing the bone and gum tissues. When putting them on, a thin layer of saliva between the gums and the dentures forms a seal that anchors the denture. If you are afflicted with a dry mouth, your dentures are likely to become loose.
You have two full denture options available:
- Conventional full denture: These dentures aren’t inserted immediately after teeth removal. The oral tissue is first given time to heal before a custom-made denture is inserted. In some cases, it may take up to several months for the oral tissue to recover then receive the denture.
- Immediate full denture: Immediate full dentures are used immediately after teeth removal. The dentures are then realigned over the next few months because gums and bones move while healing. This may cause the denture to loosen up. This option allows you to always have your teeth intact.
Who are they for
- Elderly patients who have a complete lack of teeth due to age and diseases.
- Young patients who have a severe case of tooth decay or injury.
Benefits of full dentures
- Improves the ability to bite and chew food.
- It may restore your face appearance by giving your face a younger and fuller appearance.
- It helps improve speech impediments that may have developed.
- It protects the remaining teeth from wear.