Teeth can be lost through decay, damage or as a result of an accident. If you do lose a number of teeth, this can affect the function of remaining teeth as well as the aesthetics of your smile.
A complete or full denture replaces the natural teeth and provides support for cheeks and lips. Without this support, sagging muscles can make a person appear older and reduce the ability to eat and speak.
A dental denture is an appliance which is worn to replace lost or missing teeth to enable you to enjoy a healthy diet and smile with confidence. A complete or full denture is one that replaces all of the natural teeth in either the upper or lower jaws. A partial denture fills in the spaces created by lost or missing teeth and is attached to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments. The base of a denture is called a plate and can be made of either acrylic (plastic) or metal. The teeth are normally made of acrylic and can be made to match your natural teeth. This is especially important in the case of partial dentures.
Some people may find the prospect of having dentures daunting, as many still associate them with bulky, uncomfortable sets of false teeth. However, technology and techniques have advanced considerably in recent years and modern dentures offer a comfortable, functional and aesthetically pleasing solution to missing teeth.
Dentures are made from plastic or metal and they can be coloured to match the natural shade of the teeth to create a beautiful, natural smile.