If you’re missing any teeth, dentures are an affordable way to restore your smile. Modern false teeth should look natural and feel comfortable. A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available: complete and partial dentures.
Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
A removable partial denture or bridge usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth.
Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw.
Partial dentures offer are movable alternative to bridges.
Dentists try to help patients retain their natural teeth as long as possible, but sometimes replacing them with dentures is the best treatment option. However, after the removal of the natural teeth, the mouth isn’t ready for permanent dentures for several months. To avoid living without teeth over this period, patients can wear temporary dentures.
If you are missing all your teeth than you will need a complete set of replacement teeth.
A full denture is placed in your mouth after any remaining teeth are removed.
With full dentures, the artificial teeth are fixed to a plate which sits snugly over your gums and – in the case of an upper denture – on the roof of your mouth. This plate is usually made from a gum-coloured acrylic material, but the inner part can be made from metal.
When the base fits well, natural suction keeps it in place. But over time, your jaw bone changes shape and the plate will eventually become loose. False teeth glue can be used to keep it in place for a while, and a soft liner made from silicone can keep older appliances feeling comfortable for longer, but after some years you’ll need to get a new set of teeth from your dentist or have your existing set relined.
Partial dentures are used when some healthy, natural teeth are still present. They are carefully shaped by a dental technician to fit around and clip onto any remaining teeth. Both the artificial teeth and gum are coloured to be a good match with your natural teeth and gums.
Although the metal clasps are designed to be as inconspicuous as possible, they may still be visible when you talk, depending on their position. Partial denture clips can be made from a tooth-coloured material, but this isn’t as strong as metal.
Partial dentures are traditionally made from rigid materials like acrylic or metal. Partial dentures, at times, are an alternative in replacing missing teeth. Their one major esthetic failing is the need to use clasps for direct retention.
A precision attachment denture is a kind of denture that contains precision attachment(s) to lock the denture onto the natural teeth. Precision attachment dentures are made up of two components. The ‘male’ part is fixed to the natural teeth and the corresponding ‘female’ section is incorporated into the denture. The female and male pieces lock together to yield a very stable prosthesis that gives the patient maximum comfort and ease of use. These locking effects hold the denture securely in place and give the patient confidence to socialize and smile.
Unlike conventional acrylic dentures which rely on metal claps and wires to hook on to the remaining teeth, precision attachment dentures make use of a lock and key concept. Clasps can be renounced.
The telescopic bridge or prosthesis is a dual supported ( teeth and gums ) removable coverage restoration designed to fit over your natural teeth and gum areas in order to replace missing teeth. This type of overdenture system is probably the best option. The procedure consists of a double crown system, “the telescopic,” and involves fitting inner metal crowns and outer crowns on the remaining natural teeth to create a natural looking removable overdenture.
The telescopic denture consists of:
-the primary crowns or caps made of precious or non precious dental alloys that will be cemented on the prepped teeth
-the secondary crowns (dental alloys) that are slipping over the primary caps and thus maintaining the bridge through sliding friction tight on the teeth. The secondary crowns have facings (surfaces) of acrylic resin with ceramic filler.