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What are dentures?
Dentures are synthetic replacements for missing natural teeth. Dentures can be used to replace a few or all the natural teeth. Dentures may be necessary when someone suffers tooth loss due to gum disease, tooth decay or injury. They make it easier to eat, chew and speak properly. Dentures help fill out areas of the face that have sunken in due to tooth loss and enhance your looks. You can have a better quality of life with the ability to eat more of the foods you enjoy and smile and laugh with your loved ones. Great looks and a beautiful smile can instil new confidence in you.
Are there different types of dentures?
Yes, there are several different types of dentures.
These dentures replace all of the teeth in the lower or upper arch. They are meant for people who are missing all of their teeth.
They replace some of the teeth. A partial denture has wires that fit over your remaining natural teeth, and false teeth that sit in where the teeth are missing.
These are removable dentures for people with a few or no remaining teeth. Overdentures are designed to fit over the top of the tooth roots. The roots act as support anchors for the dentures to fit.
Dentures anchored by implants
The dentures anchor on to titanium screws that are inserted into the jawbone during a surgical procedure. Implant-supported dentures look and feel more natural compared to the conventional dentures.
Conventional Vs. Immediate Dentures
- Permanent dentures
- May take a few weeks to make and person has to wait for a few weeks for gum tissue to heal after extraction
- Dentist takes the moulds of the mouth and then prepare dentures to ensure a proper fit
- Usually a temporary solution. They are considered placeholders for conventional dentures
- Dentures are prepared in advance and positioned immediately after tooth extraction to ensure that the person is not without teeth during the healing period
- Need several adjustments during the healing process to ensure proper fit
Who are the good candidates for dentures?
Good candidates for dentures are people who are missing all their teeth, those missing multiple but not all their teeth and those with chipped, broken or unhealthy teeth along with missing teeth. Basically, anyone suffering from significant tooth loss as a result of a tooth or gum disease, or injury can get dentures. However, dentures may not be an option for some patients. A person might not be a good candidate for dentures if they do not have the right jaw bone structure or enough healthy gum tissue to support dentures. Such persons need to work on their gum health and bone structure to secure dentures in place. Also, dentures need a lot of care and the person has to commit to a strict dental health routine. If someone cannot maintain hygiene or be regular with their routine, dentures might not be the best choice for them.
What to expect?
If you are planning to get dentures, here is what you can expect. These are the key steps involved in the process:
The dentist will perform a thorough examination to determine your oral health. They will look for signs of tooth decay, infection or previous dental procedures that can hamper the denture process. They will determine if they need to extract any teeth before they can place a denture.
Making and fitting the denture
The dentist will take measurements and mold of the teeth to ensure that the denture fits perfectly. These are sent to the dental lab where the dentures are built to specifications. Once the dentures are ready, the patient is called in for a fitting to see if the dentures fit correctly or not. If required, adjustments are made to make sure the patient does not have any pain or discomfort when wearing the denture.
Getting used to dentures
Even if there is no pain or discomfort, the patient may still take time to adjust to eating and speaking with their dentures. However, you can stay assured that you will eventually gain the same control, function and comfort as your natural teeth.