Dentures are a treatment of last resort for those that have lost most or all of their teeth. Tooth loss is not a normal part of aging, and can be avoided by practicing proper dental hygiene. When a patient suffers from missing teeth, full or partial dentures can help replace lost function.
Dentures provide several benefits to edentulous patients:
- Mastication – increased ability to eat and chew
- Aesthetics – improve natural facial appearance, and support structure of the face and mouth
- Pronunciation – improve ability to speak, especially words containing fricatives and sibilants
- Self-Esteem – removes the self consciousness associated with missing teeth