Denture Types and Benefits
Dentures are false teeth available as a viable solution for people who have lost single or multiple teeth and are not good candidates for permanent dental implants or fixed bridges.
Strong, healthy teeth are important in many ways. They help us to chew and cut food as well as speak, sing and smile. Also, they help us to look good. Tooth loss is normal for deciduous (baby) teeth but losing one or more pearly whites in adulthood can be a cause for concern because it can not only affect your facial appearance, your ability to speak and chew but also your overall health.
If you’re missing one, some or all of your teeth and seeking easy-on-the pocket teeth replacement solution then dentures may be the best option for you.
What is a Denture?
A denture is a set of removable prosthesis attached to a gum-colored plastic or metal plate which fits inside your mouth.
Often referred to as dental plates, false teeth or simply falsies, dentures are usually fabricated from extremely durable materials and are mounted onto pink or gum-colored acrylic base that resembles your natural flesh.
These dental prostheses can look very similar to your natural teeth depending on the quality of material selected for the construction of false teeth and the arrangement of the denture.
Dentures can be classified into three main types: Complete, Partial and Overdenture.
Complete Dentures: Also called full dental plate, these removable prosthetic teeth are bonded to the flesh-colored acrylic base that fits directly over your gums and covers the roof (palate) of your mouth. Full dentures are used when you are missing all your pearly whites in the upper (maxillary) and lower (mandibular) arch.
Complete dentures can be further classified as Conventional and Immediate Dentures.
The conventional type of denture is placed in your mouth after the remaining teeth are extracted and the gum tissues have healed, which may take several weeks. Unlike conventional denture, the removable immediate denture are inserted the same day you get your teeth extracted, meaning you don’t have to be without teeth during the healing period. This may, however, require some adjustments to fit properly after your jaw has healed.
Partial Dentures: Partial denture is also removable and has been used to fill the gap left by one or a group of missing teeth. These replacement teeth are attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic (acrylic) base, which is connected by metal framework that holds the prosthetic teeth in place.
Aside from removable partial dentures, the fixed partial dentures are also available.
Also known as a bridge, the fixed (permanent) partial dentures use metal clasps that attach to remaining natural teeth. These dental appliances are permanently bonded to the teeth on either side of the space or dental implants and are not removable.
Overdenture: It is the latest alternative to full denture, especially good for people who find it difficult to keep lower dentures in place. This kind of denture is fitted fit over dental implants in the lower jaw or in some cases over remaining natural teeth. These implant-supported dentures help prevent the bone loss and provide unrivaled support, stability and function.