People who lose their teeth due to cavities or gum disease may need dentures. Dentures take the place of missing teeth. You need to care for dentures the same as natural teeth — with proper brushing and cleaning twice a day. Dental cleansers also help remove plaque and stains.
Dentures are a type of removable dental appliance that takes the place of missing teeth. They help you chew and speak better. They also improve your smile and appearance. You may hear people refer to dentures as false, artificial or fake teeth. Prosthodontists are dentists who specialize in teeth replacement.
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People over 60 are more likely to get dentures, but anyone might need this dental appliance. You might need dentures if you lose teeth due to:
Your healthcare provider will recommend the best denture type based on how many teeth are missing. Your provider may use denture types including:
Dentures require daily cleanings just like natural teeth. You need to remove dentures from your mouth to clean them (unless you have a fixed partial denture). For proper denture care and cleaning, you should:
With proper care and maintenance, dentures can last up to seven years. Occasionally, your dentist may need to refit the denture base or make a new one using the teeth in the existing dentures. To ensure your dentures last, you should:
Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 09/10/2020.
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