Missing teeth can make activities that you take for granted much more difficult. Eating, drinking and even talking can be interfered with if you do not have a complete set of teeth. What’s more, you might find that having an incomplete set of teeth or even no teeth at all can dash your confidence and leave you embarrassed about smiling and talking. Replacing missing teeth as soon as possible will prevent sagging cheeks, which can make you look older than you are.
You can lose a tooth or teeth because of an accident or as a result of decay or gum disease. Dentures are removable replacements for your lost teeth and modern varieties are increasingly comfortable. Usually they will come as a complete set but partial dentures are available if you have lost a few teeth and need to ensure your remaining ones don’t shift into the gaps left behind.
Generally, dentures are made from acrylic resins, but come in a variety of materials that give greater flexibility. Many patients opt for permanent replacements to missing teeth by using dental implants. Dentures might be preferable though if you want a removable option.
The fact that dentures are removable means that dentures can slip while you are eating or talking and must be cleaned thoroughly. They can be held in place either using a fixing agent or by the natural suction of your gums.