When Are Dentures Effective?

Dentures have been a steady and reliable way to replace one or more missing teeth. These teeth may be missing due to an accident, gum disease, or tooth decay. Huge technological advances in dentistry have produced dentures that are nearly indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Dentures are able to be removed when necessary. They provide great confidence for smiling, eating, and speaking because of their natural look.

Are Their Different Kinds of Dentures?

There are two types of dentures that are used to meet your specific needs. Dr. Littlefield can help you determine what your situation requires:

  • Complete Dentures: A complete set of replacement teeth is needed if you have lost all of your teeth. When you hear someone speak of “false teeth”, they are almost certainly referring to a complete set of dentures.
  • Partial Dentures: Partial dentures is a reference to replacing one or more teeth and are spread throughout your remaining natural teeth. Partial dentures are similar in function and look to dental bridges. The biggest difference is that, while dental bridges are placed permanently, partial dentures are removable.

What are the Benefits of Dentures?

The most direct benefit is that a patient with dentures will once more be operating with a full set of teeth. This produces aesthetic benefits by significantly improving the beauty of your smile. Additionally, the patient will be able to chew his food and speak more naturally and comfortably. This increased beauty and comfort will increase the confidence of the patient in his daily social and business activities. Dentures that are properly cared for will provide many years of benefits for the patient.

What Special Care is Required?

When you receive your dentures, Dr. Littlefield will provide you with a set of detailed and specific instructions for the best care of your dentures. This will include soaking them each night in a special solution. If this is performed regularly and properly, the dentures will provide benefits for you for years to come.