A lot changes for a person once they begin to lose their teeth. It becomes more difficult to bite and chew, depending on which teeth are missing. It might also inhibit a person from smiling or talking in public due to embarrassment. If you are one of the people who find themselves in this position, you don’t need to suffer silently. Today, it is possible to replace missing teeth with a variety of denture styles that can restore your smile as well as your ability to enjoy eating once again.
When several teeth are missing in the same arch of the mouth, a partial set of dentures is usually sufficient to replace them. Typically, a partial set of dentures can be used to replace 25 to 30% of the teeth located in either the lower or upper jaw.
When a person loses all of their teeth on either the lower or upper jaw, a full set of dentures is needed to replace the missing teeth. It is possible to get a full set of dentures for just one level of teeth or for both levels, depending on what is needed. With traditional dentures, the patient is fitted over the course of several weeks. This is to allow for changes in the gums and to ensure a good, secure fit. With immediate dentures, the patient receives a set that can be worn right away, even if the fit isn’t entirely comfortable due to recent extractions or shifting of the gum tissues.
Technology has made it possible to provide patients with permanent, implant-supported dentures that provide stability. One of the benefits of this style of dentures is that it helps to preserve supporting bone structure, while helping to prevent any remaining teeth from shifting in the mouth.