For centuries, people have used dentures to replace missing teeth. They are still a common restoration treatment to this day, and in some cases, they may be the only option available.Dentures date back to 2500 B.C. They were found in Mexico using what is believed to be wolves' teeth. False teeth constructed from bone were…
What Type of Denture is Right For You?
Dentures provide an economical way to replace missing teeth. Partial dentures are recommended when a person has only lost a few teeth, while complete denture sets are suggested to those who have lost most of their teeth on a dental arch.
The process of replacing missing teeth with dentures can be completed in as little as two weeks. That is a significantly shorter period than the six months that it takes to replace missing teeth with implants. Dentures restore the appearance and function of missing teeth, and they can last up to 10 years.
Figuring out the right type of dentures for you
Factors like how many teeth a patient has lost, their health status, and their jawbone thickness often dictate the types of dentures that a dentist recommends for a patient. Popular types of dentures include the following.
Partial dentures: These are used to replace one or more teeth next to each other. They do not replace all the teeth on a dental arch as is the case with complete denture sets.
Full denture sets: These are recommended when a patient has lost most of their teeth. These devices have two main components: a structure that lies on the wearer’s gums and artificial teeth that replace the patient’s missing teeth. The biggest drawback associated with full denture sets is the poor stability due to the oral prosthetic being held in place by suction. Dental adhesives can help improve the stability of full denture sets.
Implant-supported dentures: These oral prosthetics combine implants with dentures to provide patients with a more stable alternative to complete denture sets. They also preserve bone tissues in the jaw. Implants serve as artificial teeth roots, and they transfer bite forces into the jaw. This gives the tissues there all the stimulation that they need to be healthy. The process of installing implant-supported dentures requires minor oral surgery, so patients should be healthy enough to recover from such a treatment.
Immediate dentures: These are temporary oral prosthetics that are used to replace teeth that have recently been extracted. They are designed to serve as short-term solutions for missing teeth while patients wait for their customized dentures.
Getting dentures starts with a dentist evaluating a person’s teeth and gums to determine the most effective way to replace their missing teeth. If dentures are determined to be the ideal solution for the patient, extractions might be recommended for some of the patient’s remaining teeth.
An impression of the patient’s mouth is taken and sent to technicians in a dental lab who make dentures. It often takes a couple of weeks for the customized restoration to get back to the clinic. During a second appointment, the dentist shows the patient how to use and maintain their dentures and makes adjustments as needed to ensure that it fits correctly.
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