Dentures

Treatment

People with missing teeth may have difficulty speaking properly, have trouble eating certain foods, or may become less confident in their appearance.  Although dentures are not the newest or most advanced innovation in the field of dentistry, they still make one of the biggest contributions in our constant battle against missing teeth. They are made of artificial teeth attached onto a plastic base, and is sometimes supported by a metal framework that is fitted into the patient’s mouth to take the place of missing teeth.

TYpes

Dentures may either be full or partial, depending on the patient’s particular requirement.
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Complete or full

Complete or full  dentures are used to replace all of the patients missing teeth, specifically on the maxillary (upper) or mandibular (lower) arches of the mouth. Usually, the artificial teeth are attached onto a gum colored plastic base that is kept in place by the gums, or by attaching onto dental implants.

Immediate full

Immediate full dentures are used by patients immediately after all the teeth have been removed from the mouth. This means that the patient does not have to go without teeth for any period of time, but the downside to this is that the gums will begin to shrink during the healing process and the dentures may need to be readjusted over time to ensure the proper fit.

Partial

Partial dentures are used to replace some of the patient’s missing teeth in specific locations in the mouth where they are needed. The artificial teeth may either be attached onto a plastic base or a metal framework that is kept in place by clasps that attach onto the patient’s existing teeth.

Overdentures

Implant supported dentures, or overdentures, are a great way to address the challenge of loose dentures because the implant imparts stability and gives the necessary support the denture needs to stay in place.

Process

What is involved the process of getting dentures?  Dentures are fabricated based on impressions taken from the patient’s mouth. The dentures are fabricated in stages to ensure that the final teeth have the proper fit, bite and appearance of natural teeth.

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