A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. There are two types of dentures available - complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
They are often fabricated from acrylic resin, sometimes in combination with metal, for improved support. They may also be supported with dental implants for a more secure fit and feel.
Types of dentures
There are different types of dentures available based on need and budget, including full dentures, partial dentures, immediate dentures, and implant-supported dentures. Patients can opt for temporary or permanent dentures. Permanent dentures are preferred because they are more stable and comfortable than temporary or transitional dentures.
Immediate dentures are meant to be worn during the healing process while patients wait for their permanent dentures to be delivered. However, immediate dentures may not be suitable for all patients. Patients should discuss options with their dentist to determine which type of denture suits them best.
Traditional dentures are removable false teeth that replace missing teeth and gum tissue. They are usually made of acrylic resin or porcelain, and they rest on the gums for support. The teeth are set in a gum-colored base that usually has a flesh-colored horseshoe shape for stability. The base of the upper denture covers the palate (the roof of the mouth), while the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to leave room for the tongue. Removable partial dentures may have a metal framework that holds a set of artificial teeth and gums in place.
Traditional dentures are held in place with natural suction or adhesives. They are generally less expensive than other tooth replacement options but need frequent adjustments to ensure proper fit and comfort.
Another non-conventional option is a dental implant-supported denture. This option uses two or more dental implants to anchor the denture in place. Unlike a subperiosteal implant, these implants are integrated into the jawbone itself. They are permanent fixtures that will never need to be removed. This method doesn’t rely on adhesive gels to hold your denture in place, so you can eat and speak more normally than with a traditional denture.
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