a. What are dentures?
Dentures are artificial replacements for missing teeth. If there is just one to few teeth missing, a partial denture is used and a complete denture is used when all teeth are missing.
b. What are the types of dentures?
Dentures can be removable or fixed. Fixed dentures are supported by implants or underlying root portions of the teeth. Removable dentures can be removed and re-worn by the patient. They can be made of "acrylic" or "metal" as the base.
c. Why should I wear a denture?
There are certain clinical scenarios, where bridges cannot be a successful treatment of choice. In these situations, your clinician would suggest a denture. It is also a question of choice and financial comfort.
d. How does a denture help me?
Dentures help slow the loss of bone, help you in chewing of food and speech and also cosmetic purposes so the social stigma of loss of tooth is avoided.
e. How long does it take to get it done?
Making a denture takes a couple of sittings as it does involve both extensive clinical and lab work. 3-5 sittings may be essential depending on the nature of the denture.