A denture is an appliance that replaces teeth. You remove it to clean it and it may be replacing all the teeth (full denture) or some of them (partial denture).
Dentures are the cheapest alternative for the replacement of missing teeth. They can be used to replace either a number of missing or all missing teeth.
Tooth loss can occur due to periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay or trauma. It is extremely important to replace missing teeth as tooth loss can result in difficulty or inability to chew and function adequately, movement and tilting of teeth, jaw joint problems and drooping of the facial features, thus quickly aging a person. These changes often lead to further dental problems and tooth loss.
Before any denture treatment is undertaken, it is recommended that you have a thorough dental check-up. If you are having full dentures, it will involve an examination of the mouth and an assessment of the health of the gums.
If you are having a partial denture, this check-up will include a full examination of your teeth, gums and other soft tissues of your mouth. At this check-up radiographs may be taken to ensure the teeth are healthy, and strong enough to help support a denture.
You then have impressions, bite records, trial wax insertions and then the final insertion and instructions.
Remember, the only oral practitioner who has the training and is legally able to undertake such a thorough check-up is your dentist.