Understanding Dentures

Dentist Blog

A dentist may recommend that you get dentures to replace missing teeth. Still, many people know little about the device. Here is a bit of information about dentures to help you better understand them.

What Is a Denture?

A denture is a removable set of false teeth that is connected to a base and worn to replace teeth that are missing or lost.

What Are Some of the Signs That You May Need a Denture?

Dentures are most common among older patients. As a person ages, they are more likely to develop gum disease that may lead to the loss of multiple teeth. Additionally, they may incur systemic conditions, such as diabetes, that could increase their likelihood of dental decay if their blood sugar is not controlled.

Here are some symptoms that may be associated with the need for a denture:

  • Swollen gingival tissues that have receded from the teeth. As gum disease worsens, pockets form between the teeth and the gums. These pockets allow the growth of oral bacteria and can cause gingival infections that reach the jawbone and lead to tooth loss.
  • Teeth that are wobbly and shifting within their sockets. If the jawbone starts to shrink from infection or lack of stimulation, the teeth may become loose and start to shift about, resulting in the loss of multiple teeth.
  • Chronic toothaches. As teeth decay and cavities deepen, the exposed dental nerves become inflamed and cause pain. Depending on the extent of the decay, the dentist may suggest multiple extractions.
  • Multiple lost teeth. If you have already lost multiple teeth, your dentist is likely to prescribe a multi-tooth replacement device, such as a denture.

Are There Multiple Types of Dentures?

There are different types of dentures that may be prescribed, based on the patient's needs and condition. The two basic types are partial and complete dentures.

Partials are used when multiple teeth have been lost from a single palate, but some of the patient's natural teeth remain. Complete or full dentures are used when all the teeth from the upper or lower jaw are missing.

Does a Denture Have to Be Regularly Replaced?

A denture is generally replaced on an as-needed basis. If your appliance becomes damaged and cannot be repaired, the device must be replaced. Additionally, since dentures are custom devices, if the shape of your gum ridge changes over time, a new appliance may be needed.

To learn more about teeth-replacement devices, schedule an appointment with a dentist in your local area.


14 October 2021

Dealing With Dental Dilemmas: Soft Teeth and Dental Care

Being born with naturally soft teeth, I've spent a lot of time in and out of the dentist's office. Not only have I learned a lot about basic dental care, I've also discovered many tips for dealing with broken teeth, extractions, implants, and more. I decided that I wanted to make the most of my experience by sharing what I've learned with others. True first-hand experience is a great teacher, and I knew that my story could help. I created this site to do just that, and I hope that the information here helps you to understand what to expect from your dental problems.