Dentures or 'False Teeth' are removable sets of artificial teeth to replace missing teeth.
The lifespan of dentures vary from person to person but 10 years is a reasonable average to expect. Once teeth are removed the bone that surrounded the roots tends to shrink away, quite quickly at first, and then the rate of bone loss slows down with time. This bone loss means the fit of the dentures will worsen with time. These dentures may benefit from a reline of the gum-fitting surface, either in the chair or in the Lab, assuming that the teeth are still in good condition.
There are different types of Dentures:
Full Acrylic Dentures (Plastic - replacing all the teeth)
Partial Acrylic Dentures (Plastic - Replacing a few missing teeth)
Partial Cobalt-Chrome Dentures (metal and plastic) - This is the most comfortable type of denture to wear as most of the palate is exposed, and the taste of food can be more fully appreciated. Due to the strength of the metal the denture can be thinner, smaller and more comfortable than all acrylic dentures.
Partial dentures must be thoroughly cleaned and the area of the mouth that the denture sits against must be particularly clean as plaque accumulates between the denture and the teeth and gums. If not cleaned properly inflamed gums and decay will be inevitable.
Apart from filling the gaps of missing teeth, dentures can fill out the face for a better appearance and can also support the jaw muscles and joints.