Dentures are removable false teeth made of acrylic, nylon and/or metal. They fit snugly over the gums to replace any missing teeth. Dentures can improve the appearance of your smile and give you confidence.
Gaps left by missing teeth can cause problems with eating and speech. The teeth on either side of the gap will tend to grow into the space at an angle. Depending on the number of missing teeth, jaw bone condition and cosmetic preferences, a number of different options are available including implants, bridges and dentures.
Generally speaking there are two types of dentures:
A partial denture is designed to fill in the gaps left by one or more missing teeth. It usually clips onto some of your natural teeth via metal clips. The clips will hold it in securely, but can be unclipped and removed as necessary. The clips are generally made of metal to ensure sufficient strength and durability, but in some cases tooth or gum-colors material can be used.
When you first start wearing dentures, you may need to wear them 24 hours a day. Your dentist will advise how best to allow your mouth to adjust to the dentures. Your dentures should generally be keep moist when you take them out. They should either be left in water or a denture cleaning solution. This will stop the denture material from drying out and potentially changing shape.