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Dentures are sets of artificial teeth that replace missing teeth. Some removable dentures replace all the teeth in the upper or lower jaw, or both. This type is called a complete denture. Other dentures may replace just some teeth. This type is called a partial denture or a bridge.
Complete dentures rest on top of the gums. Another type of denture, called dental implants, are attached to metal posts that are set beneath the gum, in the bones of the jaw. Implants offer a stronger bite and won't slip. They are usually put in by dentists and oral surgeons who have special training.
Dentures give you many of the benefits of a full set of teeth. They help restore your ability to bite and chew food. They can help you speak more clearly. And having dentures can improve the shape of your jawline and give you a natural smile.
Getting dentures can take time. Your damaged or decayed teeth will be removed. The gums and the jaw will need to heal. Then your dentist will make a model of your teeth to make sure your dentures fit well in your mouth.
Getting used to dentures can take a while. At first, you'll be aware of a new feeling in your mouth. Biting and chewing your food and even talking may seem a little different. But soon they'll feel like a natural part of your mouth. Your dentist will adjust your dentures from time to time to help them continue to fit well.
Care for your dentures as you would care for your natural teeth. Plaque, a thin film of bacteria, can form on the surface of your dentures and gums. Keeping your dentures and gums clean can help prevent discomfort, infection, and bad breath.
To care for your dentures every day:
To care for your mouth every day:
To avoid problems with your dentures:
If you have denture implants, you can care for them just like you would your original teeth.
See your dentist as often as they recommend.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your dentist if:
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Current as of: March 25, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Arden Christen DDS, MSD, MA, FACD - Dentistry
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