Dentures are prosthetics or false teeth that are used to replace your original teeth. They're needed when you lose your teeth due to natural causes, injury or diseases of the teeth and gums. Being edentulous, or without teeth, has many disadvantages. The biggest one involves an inability to chew and eat many solid foods, which can lead to extreme weight loss and health problems that could have devastating affects for the short and long term. Tooth loss also presents a major cosmetic issue and can greatly affect your self esteem, impairing your ability to smile or show off your face with confidence.
Aside from helping you chew properly, your teeth play a major role in your speech. Missing teeth can make it challenging or impossible to enunciate certain words. Infections of the gums and jaw caused by tooth decay can alter the shape of your bones. Severe infections also may affect your cardiovascular health and place you at an increased risk for heart disease. Dentures that are molded to fit your mouth and gums will restore almost all of your oral health, having you looking and feeling your best immediately.