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How do dentures help edentulism?

Edentulism, or lack of teeth, is corrected with replacement of teeth. One way to accomplish this is with full or partial dentures, depending if all of the teeth are missing, or if some teeth remain to support and retain replacement teeth.

Obviously, it is best to avoid being edentulous if possible; however, if this is not possible or already exists, it is important to replace teeth for a number of reasons including appearance, speech, chewing and overall function.
Edentulism is the loss of teeth. Complete edentulism is the loss of all of the teeth. Dentures are a dental prosthesis that replace missing teeth. If you are edentulous, dentures can help restore your original smile. They will also help with eating and speaking.  
Dentures are removable teeth that are usually left in during the day and taken out at night. While dentures cannot reverse the effects of edentulism, they can help you to chew foods that you would have avoided otherwise. They also give some people more confidence about their smile and appearance.

However, even dentures have their side effects and you should still see a dentist if you have dentures. Poor dental care of dentures leads to symptoms like pain, ulcers, gingivitis, yeast infection, and irritation.

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