Dentures are removable or fixed replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Today, we have different types of dentures that are modern, natural looking and effective. For missing teeth, dentures are the ideal solution to implant false teeth. Your dentist will offer you several options to choose from based on the purpose and the price of dentures.
The temporary dentures take a few weeks and several appointments to customize as per the patient’s need. They are made out of plastic, metal, or both. Dentures can be broadly categorized into two types: complete dentures and partial dentures.
Complete dentures or full dentures consists are used as a replacement for both the upper and lower sets of teeth. They are mainly used when all natural teeth are lost. Complete dentures are further classified as conventional and immediate.
Conventional Complete Dentures
Conventional complete dentures are made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissues begin to heal. The denture is then readily placed in the mouth about 8 to 12 weeks after teeth removal.
Immediate Complete Dentures
Unlike conventional dentures, immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. As a result, the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
However, conventional dentures are recommended for successful results compared to immediate dentures.
Partial dentures or bridges are attached to a gum-colored plastic base. This is connected by a metal framework that holds the denture in place for better bite force. Partial dentures are ideal to prevent your remaining teeth from shifting. There are two types of partial dentures, removable and fixed
Removable Partial Dentures
Removable partial dentures are a type of prosthesis that enables a patient to remove and reinsert the dentures conveniently when required, without any professional help
Fixed Partial Dentures
Fixed partial dentures are those which need mechanical attachments, screws or implants to permanently replace only the missing teeth. These fixed partial dentures are then secured with the support of the adjacent natural teeth.
Some commonly used fixed partial dentures are
Dental implants are surgically placed into the jaw bone and fused with it over time for a more natural fit. As implants fuse to your jawbone, they provide stable support for artificial teeth. Dentures and bridges mounted to implants won’t slip or shift in your mouth and you can eat and speak comfortably.
Implant-supported Fixed Denture (Dental Crowns)
A crown is secured to the implants that a surgically inserted into the jawbone. It is then fixed in place by screws.
Dentures are not just worn to replace missing teeth. They are required to support your facial muscles and oral tissues after tooth loss. To know if dental dentures are right for you, consult your nearest dentist. They will suggest you other alternative restoration services if dental dentures are not the best option for you or if you need help in selecting the right types of dentures.