If you’re like most people learning about dentures, you probably have many questions. Dentures have been round for many years. The earliest form of denture was introduced more than 2,000 years ago. Today, dentures are of better quality and more comfortable than ever before. Replacing missing teeth has substantial benefits for your health and your appearance. A complete denture, also called a full denture, replaces all the natural teeth and provides support for cheeks and lips. Without this support, sagging facial muscles can make a person appear older. And by replacing missing teeth, dentures improve a person’s ability to speak and eat.
An important step in maintaining a healthy smile is to replace missing teeth. When teeth are missing, the missing ones can change position, drifting into the surrounding space. Teeth that are out of position can damage tissues in the mouth. In addition, it may be difficult to clean thoroughly between crooked teeth. As a result, you run the risk of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease, which can lead to the loss of additional teeth. A removable partial denture fills in the space created by missing teeth and fills out your smile. A partial denture helps you properly chew food, a difficult task when you are missing teeth. In addition, a partial denture may improve speech and prevent a sagging face by providing support for lips and cheeks.