Dentures are popularly known as false teeth and are removable dental appliances that are developed as a replacement for missing teeth. They are made from prosthetics or artificial teeth that are just attached to a supporting structure which makes them removable. As a means of replacing missing teeth dentures are the most affordable and are highly economical when compared to placements like dental implants or bridges.
Dentures can provide you with a set of fully functioning teeth that can restore your appearance aesthetically at a fraction of the cost of dental implants. The three most important benefits they provide are the following:
Unlike the dentures of the past present-day dentures are made from advanced and natural-looking materials to give you a comfortable fit. There are however alternatives to dentures that can provide more benefits which you can consider if you wish to.
There are different types of dentures you can prefer depending on whether or not you have any natural teeth remaining in your mouth to support them. The different types are mentioned below for your reference:
These are full dentures used by people that have lost all their teeth in the maxillary and the mandibular arch. They are placed on and supported by the jaw and rest directly on the gum.
Patients that have lost a few but not all their teeth can use partial dentures which are normally anchored to the natural teeth, to the gums or through connective structures that are developed from metal and plastic.
Immediate dentures are placed in the mouth right after the natural teeth are removed. These are useful when natural teeth have to be extracted before the dentures. The time taken for the gums and jaw to heal is typically a few months for a custom fit denture to be developed. Immediate dentures allow patients to continue leading a normal life until they are prepared for their permanent dentures.
This variety makes use of abutments made from titanium that is attached to the jawbone. The stability of implant retained dentures is higher than the conventional variety but fortunately, these are relatively expensive when compared to implant restorations.
Dentures can also be classified according to the material they are developed from. The dentures can be made from metal, acrylic, plastic, porcelain, or ceramic or a combination of the materials mentioned. If you are looking for dentures to replace missing teeth in your mouth your dentist will recommend you to a denture specialist who can develop the appliances for you.
Dentures are custom-fitted. Your dentist will determine whether your gums and teeth are in good health before making an impression of your teeth by using dental putty or digital machines. A wax model is created according to the impression to determine the fit and looks of the dentures to be developed. Any modifications or adjustments needed are made on the model prosthetics before the permanent dentures are made.
Loss of teeth is a common problem that affects everyone but some are affected earlier than the others. When you experience loss of permanent teeth you must visit your dentist immediately for advice and a solution for the treatment. This is because tooth loss can lead to impairment in your emotional and social well-being. If left untreated even the loss of a single tooth can lead to dramatic changes in the overall appearance of your teeth as well as your oral bite. A general dentist can give you sound advice on tooth restoration and refer you to an endodontist or an orthodontist after looking at the severity of your case. However, having the dentures is a better option than having a toothless smile and bringing upon yourself a host of other problems.