Whether you are considering getting dentures, already have them, or know someone with them, it’s very likely that you may have some questions about them. What follows is information on what dentures really are, what kind of care they require, and how dentures can improve your oral health.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are appliances to replace missing teeth. If you are missing complete or partial set of teeth, dentures can be manufactured by professional dentist and expert dental laboratories. Dentures come in different quality and strength. Partial dentures can have metal clasps or flexible plastic clasps for retention. Dentures can be removable or fixed.
Full Removable Conventional Dentures
This type of denture replaces all of the teeth in the upper, lower, and / or both jaws. They are custom made to fit your mouth perfectly, emulate your gum and teeth lines, and reflect your lifestyle needs. It is removable to allow for hygiene maintenance. One of the disadvantages of this type of denture is it may not be consistently comfortable for chewing solid foods.
Full Fixed Conventional Dentures
Also known as fixed or overdentures, these types of dentures are more stable than removable conventional dentures because they are supported by 3-6 dental implants. The advantage of this prosthesis is that it is not removable and is much more comfortable for chewing solid foods.
For those who have remaining teeth, partial dentures are an option. Partial dentures come in either removable or fixed styles. Removable partial dentures are supported by permanent teeth or dental implants via clasps while fixed partial dentures (Bridges) are cemented to the crowns of the teeth to replace missing tooth.
Whether removable or fixed, partial dentures are very stable.
The Process of Getting Dentures
Getting dentures starts with an initial consultation and will take several visits to complete. The initial consultation is for your dentist to get to know you, your nutrition, and your lifestyle needs and a plan will be determined based on your consultation.
Making a denture involves multiple impressions and measurements of the jaw as well as good communication between the dentist and dental lab.
When your dentures arrive, they are fitted and adjusted as needed to make your chewing activity comfortable.