Dentures are removable prosthetic devices used to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues. They are custom-made to fit the shape of a patient's mouth and can be used to replace a full arch of missing teeth (complete dentures) or just a few missing teeth (partial dentures).
The process of getting dentures typically involves several appointments with a dentist or prosthodontist. During the first appointment, the dentist will take impressions of the patient's mouth and create a model of the dentures. The dentist will then work with the patient to select the size, shape, and color of the teeth to ensure a natural-looking smile.
Once the dentures are made, the patient will return to the dentist's office for a fitting. The dentist will make any necessary adjustments to ensure a comfortable and secure fit, and provide instructions on how to care for and clean the dentures.
Dentures can provide several benefits for patients with missing teeth, including improved appearance, better speech, and the ability to eat a wider variety of foods. However, they may take some time to get used to, and may require periodic adjustments or repairs to maintain their fit and function.
It's important to note that dentures are not a replacement for natural teeth, and they may not feel or function exactly like natural teeth. Proper care and maintenance, along with regular dental check-ups, can help to extend the life of the dentures and maintain good oral health.