Dentures are used to replace the missing teeth and these are surrounded by the soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity. You may be losing your teeth because of periodontal disease or tooth decay. Other reasons may include malnutrition, drug use or genetic defects. There are many informal names for dentures such as dental plate, false teeth and falsies).
- Chewing ability is improved by replacing the edentulous area with dentures.
- Improve self esteem
- Wearing a denture may provide a natural facial appearance and it provides support for the lips and cheeks.
- Patients may able to speak better.
Types of Dentures
There are two main categories of teeth dentures, depending on whether they are used to replace missing teeth on the mandibular arch or the maxillary arch. Two main types of dentures are complete dentures and partial removable dentures.
Complete dentures or full dentures are worn in patients who are missing all their teeth in an arch (i.e. the maxillary or mandibular arch). Complete dentures are either conventional or immediate. A conventional denture is ready for placement in the mouth about 8 to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed. Immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. The advantage of immediate denture is that the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. But the immediate dentures require more adjustments to fit properly during the healing process and generally should only be considered as a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made.
Removable or partial dentures
Partial teeth dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. If you are missing only a few teeth, this is the most inexpensive way to fix that problem. Removable partial dentures made of different materials can fill in these holes and make your smile beautiful. Not only does a partial denture fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from changing position. A great advantage to Partial Dentures is the ability to add false teeth to them. The light weight and inherent flexibility of the material makes the adjustment period easy.
When it comes to dentures the most common source of agony is a bad fit. There’s now a new wave of soft dentures, or flexible dentures, that promise to eliminate the problems associated with hard acrylic liners. Flexible dentures hook into the undercuts of the gum line to provide the stability needed to eat tough foods like apples and even hard nuts. A flexible denture is really just a traditional denture with a flexible resin coating as the last inner coating. It’s the flexible resin that locks into your undercuts and acts as a buffer between your gums and the hard base. More flexibility can be added by constructing the entire denture out of this flexible material. These flexible resins are more expensive but also longer-lasting than your traditional soft liner. However, the material used happens to be non-porous so that no bacteria can build up within it.
Complications of dentures
- The fabrication of a set of complete dentures is a challenge for any dentist.
- At least two adjustment visits will be necessary to remove sore spots.
- An endless array of never-ending problems with denture may occur if the final impression of the denture is not made properly.
Upper dentures and upper partial dentures are specialized dentures made specifically for an individual’s upper portion of the mouth. Depending on circumstance there are a wide variety of denture available including:
- Partial upper dentures (Cu-Sil dentures)
- Implant retained dentures
- Mini implant retained dentures
- Duplicate dentures.
These are used in the lower portion of the mouth. There are some problems in having lower dentures which includes:
- It interacts with more movable mouth surfaces than an upper denture.
- The lower denture has fewer surfaces to rest upon. There is no roof of the mouth to rest against as in an upper denture.
- Loss of jawbone over time brings a lower denture into closer contact with tissue extensions called frenum attachments, which create dislodging forces.
When it comes to dentures prices, they often range from cheap to expensive depending on what type of dentures you will be installing. Consulting with our dentist will help you land on the best denture to use after deliberating your needs as well as your budget even.