What are Dentures and What are its Types?

A denture is a detachable alternative for missing teeth and adjacent tissues. Complete and partial dentures are the two types of dentures. The former is valid when all teeth are missing, and partial of course, if there are some of the natural teeth remaining. Consult your dentist if you are looking to get dentures.

Complete dentures

These dentures are conventional or immediate. These dentures can only be applied when all the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has now begun healing. Conventional dentures can be used after 8 to 12 weeks after all the teeth have gone. Immediate dentures are made well in advance and can be used as soon as the teeth is removed. In this way, the wearer doesn’t have to be without teeth while the mouth has been healing. But, the bones and gums tend to shrink overtime, particularly when the mouth has been healing. In order to be a perfect fit, immediate dentures need more adjustments when compared with conventional dentures. Immediate dentures can be used as a temporary solution as long as the conventional dentures are into making.

Partial dentures

A detachable partial denture entails replacement of teeth that is attached to a pink or a gum colored base made of plastic. This base is normally linked with the metal framework that holds the denture in place. Partial denture can also be made with materials that need no metal framework. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth are still in place in the upper or lower jaw. Fixed partial dentures replace one or multiple teeth by installing crowns on teeth on any side and installing artificial teeth to them. Then this bridge is cemented into place. It prevents other teeth from changing their places.

Alternative to denture

Dental implants are alternative to denture that can be used to support a cemented bridge permanently and also diminishes the need for a denture. Dental implants are also used for a snap fit of a conventional denture. Implants are costlier but implants and bridges make the teeth look more real. Nowadays, dental implants are deemed alternative to dentures, but not everyone is eligible for implants. Consult your dentist for the same.

How do new dentures feel like?

It may feel a tad bit odd or loose in the beginning until the cheek muscles and tongue learn to keep it in place and until you get comfortable installing and detaching them. Also, it is very normal for minor irritation or soreness to take place and saliva flow to rise when you wear dentures in the beginning, however, these problems will fade away as your mouth begins to adjust to the new dentures.

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