Dentures are artificial teeth and gums placed in the mouth to replace your missing teeth. They are supported by tissues of your mouth. Conventional dentures are removable i.e., they can be taken out and put back in the mouth. Dentures are custom-designed in dental laboratories to match your existing teeth and space. It will help restore your smile and speech.
Why Do You Need Dentures?
Ideal candidates for dentures are men or women who have suffered significant tooth loss but have enough healthy gum tissue and jaw bone.
- If a person is missing only one or two teeth, a dental bridge could be the right option. Depending on patient preference, a partial or full denture may be recommended if more teeth are missing.
- Complete dentures are recommended for people who have lost all their teeth.
- Partial dentures are the ideal option if only part of your natural teeth is missing.
Types of Dentures
There are mainly four types of dentures:
- Conventional Dentures: These are removable dentures and are placed in the mouth when the tissues have been completely healed which requires a few months.
- Partial Dentures: Partial dentures replace the few teeth that are missing. Dentists prefer this method over other tooth-replacement methods when surrounding natural teeth are not strong enough to support them like dental bridges.
- Full Dentures: Full dentures, otherwise called complete dentures, replace all the teeth in the jaw. So, one must remove the remaining natural teeth. These dentures are held in place with the help of adhesives or suction.
- Immediate Dentures: These dentures are created before the teeth are removed and inserted immediately after the teeth extraction. These dentures are used until the process of healing is completed. These can accommodate the changes in the healing tissues better than conventional dentures.
- Overdentures: In some patients, all the teeth cannot be removed to preserve the stability of the jawbone. So, conventional dentures cannot be used in these patients. An overdenture can be used because it can fit over remaining natural teeth.
- Implant Supported Dentures: These are the dentures which can be fixed by the help of implants and cannot be removed by the patient.
Results with Dentures
Most people take some time to learn how to use dentures properly. Use denture adhesives to stabilize the dentures. Stop chewing gums if you wear a denture. They are not permanent and need to be replaced by new dentures every five years.