Dentures are artificial removable teeth which are used by people who have missing teeth. There are complete dentures and partial dentures depending on how many of the patient’s teeth are missing. Partial dentures are used when the patient still has some of their natural teeth while complete dentures are used when the patient has no natural teeth remaining.
There are two types of complete dentures. Complete dentures can be either "conventional" or "immediate."
Conventional dentures are made only after all of the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has completely healed. Conventional dentures are ready for placement only eight to twelve weeks after the teeth have been removed.
Immediate dentures have their advantages and disadvantages. Immediate dentures can be made in advance and the patient can wear them as soon as the teeth are removed which means that they do not have to go without their teeth at all. However, it is important to note that after the removal of teeth, bones, and gums shrink over time as they continue to heal. This can cause the dentures to become loose and then require refitting or adjustments to the size.
Implant supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures provide patients with a third option if they do not want to go for the conventional dentures or avail the newer, more expensive option of full-arch dental implants. They are a middle ground between the two and a decent option for those who do not want to go for either of the two conventional options.
Benefits and advantages of Dental Implants:
- They are an affordable option for significant improvement in the ability to chew and smile
- Implant-supported dentures are sturdy and don’t need adhesive
- They function more like natural teeth
- The denture is removable, making it easy to clean
- This option preserves gum tissue and bone
Partial dentures are removable and unique to each patient. They consist of replacement teeth that are attached to a gum-colored plastic basis. The dentist designs a partial denture based on their missing teeth. Partial dentures connect to the patient’s mouth using a metal framework and clasps but can also have other connectors for a more comfortable and natural look.