Using dentures to replace missing teeth is great for your oral health and provides a way to look and feel younger. Today, there are a variety of natural-looking and comfortable dentures for patients who need to replace missing teeth. Made of a gum-colored plastic resin or acrylic base and resin or porcelain replacement teeth, dentures are custom made to fit your mouth. If you have several teeth or all teeth missing on the upper or lower jaw, a full complete denture may be your best option. A partial denture, which can be either fixed or removable, is great for patients who have several missing teeth scattered along the upper or lower jaw.
The process of getting dentures may take a few months and several dental visits. In some cases, same-day dentures are also possible. Just as with your natural teeth, dentures require daily maintenance. With regular wear and tear, dentures can last 5-7 years. During that time, you may need periodic denture relines to accommodate changes in the contours of your mouth. A denture reline involves resurfacing the base of the denture to ensure that your dentures fit your gums and function perfectly. If you break your dentures, it’s critical to bring them to a dentist for professional repair that will last for the long-term; home repair denture kits can cause more damage that is more costly to fix.