Dentures are devices fabricated to replace missing teeth; they are supported by the surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity. Conventional dentures are removable. However, there are many different denture designs, some which rely on bonding or clasping onto teeth or dental implants.
Dentures can help patients through :
- Mastication as chewing ability is improved by replacing edentulous areas with denture teeth.
- Aesthetic because the presence of teeth gives a natural appearance to the face, and wearing a denture to replace missing teeth provides support for the lips and cheeks and corrects the collapsed appearance that results from the loss of teeth.
- Speech as replacing missing teeth, especially the front teeth enables patients to speak better. There is especially improvement in pronouncing words.
Self-esteem because improved looks and speech boost confidence in the ability to interact socially.