A full denture is a removable appliance replacing all of the natural teeth and the associated tissues and is supported by the gums. Full dentures can also be retained by implants for better stability and function.
Dentures can help patients in a number of ways:
Mastication – chewing ability is improved by replacing edentulous areas with denture teeth.
Aesthetics – the presence of teeth provide a natural facial appearance, and wearing a denture to replace missing teeth provides support for the lips and cheeks and corrects the collapsed appearance that occurs after losing teeth.
Phonetics – by replacing missing teeth, especially the anteriors, patients are better able to speak by improving pronunciation of those words containing sibilants or fricatives.
Self-Esteem – Patients feel better about themselves.