Dentures– these are a “removable” alternative that can be used temporarily or as a final restoration, as an artificial substitute for missing natural teeth and adjacent tissues. The term removable refers to the fact that these must be removed for cleaning and during sleep. They can be done when there are only a few teeth missing or for the replacement of a full arch of missing teeth. Implants can be used to aid in the retention of these restorations. This type of restoration requires an adjustment period for first time wearers, some patients will adjust very nicely while others will require a longer period and further adjustments, so don’t let this discourage you. Efforts are made to make this as smooth a process as possible. This is the least invasive alternative so should you decide to move towards a fixed restoration supported by implants, dentures should not be in the way to do so as long as the bone is on good condition. Your dentist can advise you of this after assessing it in a 3 dimensional x-ray.