Sometimes, when many teeth have been lost, a denture is the only way to restore the function and the appearance of your mouth. The trouble with a denture is that it needs to be removed in order to clean the rest of the mouth and it should be left out of the mouth for a few hours each day in order to maintain the mouth in a healthy condition.
As many people who have dentures will tell you, they don’t like having to remove them, and after a period of time they do tend to become loose.
The good news is that there are alternatives. Firstly, for smaller spaces, a bridge might be an option to consider. Bridges are permanently fitted in the mouth by attaching the ‘false’ teeth to the remaining natural teeth. They look and feel just like your natural teeth, and generally, you don’t have to be careful about what you eat. They do not have to be removed for cleaning and they seldom become loose, so your confidence in talking and meeting with other people is restored.
Another way to replace a missing tooth is by the use of an implant which is buried in the jaw bone and into which a false tooth is screwed. A variation of this method can also be used to provide the foundations for a bridge where many teeth have been lost and where the conventional method of bridges is not possible. Implants can even be used in order to secure a denture in cases where all the teeth have been removed, and people who have had this treatment tell us how their treatment has transformed their lives!