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Dentures are prosthetic replacements for missing teeth, commonly known as false teeth. A mould is taken of the patient’s mouth and using a plastic resin an artificial support is created. Prosthetic teeth are attached to the support. Together the support and the teeth are what we call dentures. The dentures use the oral cavity of the gums and light suction to hold themselves in place. They allow a patient to fill in the gap of the missing teeth and provide the same function as the original one.
Dentures can be either partial or full, depending on the number of teeth that have been lost. If all the patient’s original teeth have been lost then a full set of prosthetic teeth may be required. These enable the patient to regain all the functions that the teeth provided, like chewing food, correct speech, natural facial aesthetic, and the confidence of a full toothy smile.
If only some teeth are lost then it is possible to replace them with a bridge which will be attached to the adjoining teeth for support. If a number of teeth in a row are lost, a partial denture may be required. The partial denture is designed to fit in between the existing teeth.