There are different types of dentures, but they share a common function. They replace teeth that have become loose or have been extracted due to bone loss. Dentures are also indicated if teeth have become too worn or damaged by decay to repair. Dentures can create a beautiful smile and restore proper speech.
A complete oral examination determines which teeth will have to be removed, and which will remain. A complete denture replaces all the teeth while a partial denture adapts to whatever teeth remain in the mouth. There is an adjustment period after dentures are placed in the mouth, and it can take some getting used to. Once accustomed to dentures, regular check ups are still necessary to evaluate function and esthetics. Implants can used to further stabilize the dentures and are strongly recommended for use in the lower jaw.