Dentures, false teeth
Dentures are removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues (Gum).
There are two types of dentures are available:
- Complete dentures
- Traditional Complete dentures (seated on soft tissue)
- Complete Overdenture (supported mostly by dental implants)
- Partial dentures
- Traditional Partial dentures (seated on soft tissue)
- Partial Overdenture (supported mostly by implants)
Some benefit of Dentures are
Complete dentures can be either “conventional” or “immediate.” conventional denture is ready for placement in the mouth about eight to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed.but 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, bones and gums shrink over time, especially during the healing period following tooth removal and denture require more adjustments to fit properly, so should only be considered a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made.
Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw ,and usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is sometimes connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth.
Not only does a partial denture fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from changing position. A precision partial denture is removable and has internal attachments rather than clasps that attach to the adjacent crowns. This is a more natural-looking appliance.
Overdentures are replacement teeth retained by dental implants. Multiple or all missing teeth can replace by Overdentures. Millions of people around the world are missing enough teeth to require the use of a denture. Many of them struggle to keep their dentures secure, particularly in the lower jaw The use of dental implants to stabilize dentures has proven to be successful for many people. The number continues to grow as word spreads about the effectiveness and long-term durability of the treatment.
Some of the benefit of overdentures are:
- Restores proper chewing, allowing a better diet and improved health
- Improves speech and confidence
- Increases comfort with less irritation of gum tissue
- Ends the cost and inconvenience of denture adhesives
The Alternatives to Dentures
Dental implants can be used as abutments to support cemented bridges, eliminating the need for a denture. The cost is usually greater, but the implants and bridges more closely resemble the feel of real teeth. Dental implants are becoming the alternative to dentures but not everyone is a candidate for implants.