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Dentures are removable replacement teeth that are formed to replace missing teeth that have been lost due to tooth decay, tooth extraction, natural aging, poor oral care, gum disease, or facial and jaw injuries. They help to restore your smile, and make it easier to eat and speak. 

If you lose all your teeth, facial muscles will decline, which will affect your appearance, and cause jaw pain. Dentures will help to refill the gaps for better facial and profile appearance, and eventually reduce pain. They are custom designed to resemble your natural teeth, so they look as natural as possible. Common types of dentures include: full, partial removable, partial fixed, implant retained, and immediate.

Benefits of dentures

They provide several benefits to patients with missing teeth:

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Dentures Before and After
Dentures Before and After
Dentures Before and After

WHAT ARE DENTURES?

Dentures are artificial teeth typically made of hard resin, sitting on a supporting structure to hold the teeth in place, and resembles the natural gum line. They are custom designed and made in a dental laboratory from impressions taken of your mouth. This supporting structure is usually made of a similar material, or a more flexible material to fit perfectly on the natural gum line.

WHAT ARE DENTURES?

Dentures are artificial teeth typically made of hard resin, sitting on a supporting structure to hold the teeth in place, and resembles the natural gum line. They are custom designed and made in a dental laboratory from impressions taken of your mouth. This supporting structure is usually made of a similar material, or a more flexible material to fit perfectly on the natural gum line.

The process of creating dentures takes a few weeks, starting with making impressions and taking measurements. Then models are made in the exact position for testing, then the final denture is created. The patient will need to visit the dentist a few times for more adjustments.

New dentures may feel weird for a few weeks until the muscles of the cheeks and tongue are adjusted to them. You may also experience irritation or soreness and increase in saliva when you first wear them.

An adhesive may be needed to enhance retention, stability, and bite force. It also helps patients with dry mouth conditions which decrease the adherence.

Over time, they will need to be relined and rebased, due to the loosening of dentures caused by natural age related changes to the face, jaw bones and gums. To reline it, the prosthodontist refits the base, or can make a new base and reuse the same teeth.

Regular dental visits every 6 months or as the dentist advises you, are important for examining your mouth and dentures, to ensure proper fit, and to look for signs of oral diseases including cancer, and to clean your teeth professionally.

PARTIAL DENTURES

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Partial dentures replace missing teeth, and are supported by the remaining teeth. Removable dentures consist of artificial teeth attached to a gum colored plastic base. They have a metal framework for more strength. They can be removed and replaced easily. Commonly recommended for patients who can’t get a dental bridge. There are two types of the removable partial dentures: cast partial and acrylic partial.

Cast partial dentures are made of gum colored acrylic, artificial teeth, and a metal framework to hold everything together. They are recommended when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. Acrylic partial dentures are made of acrylic resin, and resemble the natural teeth. Acrylic false teeth are temporary because the patient’s gums support the teeth.

However, fixed dentures use existing surrounding teeth as support. They replace a few missing teeth in a row with two dental implants. They are used when there are strong natural teeth on both sides of the missing ones.

Partial dentures prevent other teeth from moving, shrinking of the soft tissues, and the supporting bone. It will keep your gums, jawbone, and facial muscles active. In addition, they are less invasive option and less expensive than dental implants. They do need maintenance and care from your side, but they are easy to use and clean. Partial’s can last up to 15 years.

FULL DENTURES

Full or complete dentures are removable artificial teeth used when you have lost all of your teeth, or most of your teeth. They can be conventional or immediate. They sit on top of the gums. If you have a few teeth left, it is required to remove all of the remaining teeth, then the gums are left to heal before fitting the them. They consist of three surfaces: the impression surface, the occlusal surface, and the polished surface.

Conventional dentures are typically placed within 8-12 weeks after the teeth have been extracted. However, immediate dentures are made in advance and can be placed as soon as the teeth are removed. The advantage is that the patient does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.

Full dentures are made of a gum colored plastic or acrylic base that sits on the gums. They are a great option to restore oral health for patients with serious chronic tooth problems. They also help to improve your appearance, and improve the sunken look of the jaw. In addition, they improve the ability to eat various foods which will eventually improve your overall health.

Usually, full dentures are used for 5-7 years before needing a replacement. It’s important to take care of them by brushing the gum, tongue, and palate with a soft bristled toothbrush every morning before putting them in. This will remove plaque, and boosts circulation in the mouth.

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