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Dentists use dentures to replace several missing teeth, or all of your upper or lower teeth. Replacing missing teeth is important to your confidence in your smile, and is also important to the function of your teeth, including your ability to chew and speak.

As an experienced Lehigh Valley dentist, Dr. Michael Kun offers dentures and other options to replace missing teeth. Trained in neuromuscular dentistry, Dr. Kun can also tell you about Denture Fountain of Youth®, which optimize the relationship between your bite and facial muscles, and also restore a youthful face shape and smile appearance.

Types of Dentures

Conventional or full dentures replace a complete arch of missing teeth – all of your upper or lower teeth, or both dental arches. Dentures consist of prosthetic teeth and gums. Today’s dentures look more natural than ever before. Dentures are supported by your gums, and upper dentures are secured by suction between the denture and the roof of your mouth.

If you are missing several teeth at various locations in your mouth, partial dentures are used. The prosthetic gums attach to your natural teeth. Both full and partial dentures are removable and you take them out nightly.

Dentures can be combined with implant dentistry to increase the stability of the dentures. In this method, dental implants are placed in the bone beneath your gums, and the dentures snap onto the implants.

Denture Benefits

There are many reasons to replace missing teeth. Some of the benefits of wearing dentures include:

  • Easier to articulate and speak
  • Easier to chew
  • Greater oral comfort
  • More effective bite position
  • Prevention of tooth shifting

Because dentures are removable, you may want to consider dental bridges or dental implants if you want a long-term, non-removable option.

There is additional benefit to using dental implants in conjunction with dentures. When you lose a tooth, the bone surrounding the location of the missing tooth root begins to dissolve. The presence of tooth roots is essential to the health and density of the bone beneath your teeth. As bone continues to shrink, you lower face may take on a collapsed appearance. Dental implants replace missing tooth roots, thereby maintaining the bone in which they are placed.

To find out if dentures are right for you, please contact Michael E. Kun, DMD, to schedule a consultation with our Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania dentist.