Dentures are not just for those who have reached retirement years, as full or partial dentures can be needed for anyone who has severely weakened or damaged teeth or teeth that are missing because of injury, accident, or certain diseases and other such conditions. If it's been recommended that you get dentures, either to replace teeth that are already missing or after having teeth extracted, note some common questions about this type of dental process. This will ensure you know what's involved and what to discuss with your dentist about your options.

How do dentures stay in place? Do they always slide around and fall out?

Dentures are custom made for each patient so that they will fit your mouth precisely. There is also a slight vacuum formed when you put dentures into your mouth, and they rest on the gum line; this suction, along with the snug fit, is often enough for dentures to stay in place.

Dentures adhesives can also be used for added security. Also, you may need to practice speaking and talking with dentures for the first few days or weeks after they're installed, but once your jaw muscles become accustomed to the dentures, they shouldn't slip out of place.

What are fixed versus removable dentures?

Removable dentures, as the name implies, are a plate or set of false teeth that you remove every day in order to clean them. Fixed dentures are installed with the use of dental implants. These implants are titanium posts that are inserted or screwed right into the jaw bone, and they become a permanent part of your mouth. The denture plate, or set of false teeth, is then glued to these posts. You don't remove these fixed dentures every day; you clean them as you would real teeth. They may need eventual replacing as the shape of your mouth changes over the years, but fixed dentures are typically very durable and strong.

Why have teeth extracted just to get dentures?

Teeth that are very rotted may not have enough density to hold a filling, and a cavity in such teeth might be harbouring germs and bacteria that are very dangerous and unhealthy for your mouth. Weakened teeth may not provide enough strength for chewing, and this can affect your diet and, in turn, your overall health. Your teeth may also be very undersized or crooked, and even braces may not be enough to make them look attractive. In these cases, replacing your teeth with full dentures can mean strong, healthy teeth and an attractive smile.