When dentures or false teeth are mentioned, most people create an image of their grandma’s set of teeth placed in a glass of water.
However, significant advances in the dental industry have completely changed the dental replacement landscape. Modern false teeth are simpler, more natural-looking with more subtle fittings. We dare say that most of them would be hardly differentiated from natural teeth.
False dentures transform the everyday life of their users. The patients acquire a beautiful natural smile that everyone loves. They also offer a better bite of food, better oral health and a confidence boost.
There are various dental denture types to choose from. Here are some of the most common dentures offered at Smile Style Dental
Types of Dentures and Implants Replacing Missing Teeth
They are also known as complete dentures. Full dentures replace an entire upper or lower set of teeth. They are usually used when one has lost all their natural teeth. The false teeth are designed to fit snugly over the patient’s gums and jaw. If teeth removal will be necessary before affixing, you may be forced to wait for weeks or several months without teeth for the gums and jawbone to heal.
An impression and mould of your mouth is taken, and the dentures are custom made for you. Regular dental check-ups will be necessary to assess the effectiveness of the denture or to repair them.
Partial dentures are fixed to existing natural teeth. They are used when one or more missing teeth need to be replaced. Several natural teeth need to remain as the denture is clipped to them via metal clasps. The clips can also be made from tooth or gum coloured material. This makes the dentures more discrete.
A mould of your mouth will be taken, and the impression used to create a tailored denture for you. The clasps are used to hold the teeth in place and keep it from moving. Partial dentures can be easily removed for regular cleaning and replacement. Strict dental hygiene must be followed to prevent the build-up of dental plaque.
Fixed Implant Retained Denture
An implant retained denture is affixed with a removable over denture with as few as two implants. The implants are used to keep the teeth in place. The method is more suitable for people who don’t have the bone density for regular implants but still need a more permanent solution. The denture can easily be removed for cleaning as with all the regular false teeth.
If there is tooth removal required before permanent dentures can be fixed, your dentist may suggest you wait for a few months for your gums and teeth to heal. Patients with a prominent gap may get temporary false teeth that are fitted right after the tooth extraction.
Due to a subsequent change in gum and bone shape, the temporary dentures will soon be uncomfortable and will require to be replaced. It is vital to consult your dentist before undertaking the procedure.