Dentures - Complete, Partial, & Custom
The absence of one or more teeth may be due to tooth loss as a result of trauma, aging, impacted tooth or teeth, or even hypodontia, which is a condition where there is less than twenty-four baby teeth or thirty-two adult teeth. Dentures are prosthetic devices made of artificial teeth attached to a gum-colored base. Dentures help preserve your smile and prevent the surrounding teeth from changing position. They also help retain your bite. Dentures can either be taken in and out or permanently attached to your mouth. Hence, they are classified as either removable or fixed dentures. They are also classified as maxillary and mandibular dentures. Dentures come in several different types, which can be correctly recommended and readily fixed here at Peninsula Family Dental Center.
Partial dentures are used when at least one tooth is left in the dental arch. They replace some missing teeth on either of the dental arches. Partial dentures can either be removable or fixed. Fixed partial dentures are also known as bridge dentures. The dentures are made from crowns. The false tooth is called a pontic, and the neighboring teeth serve as the abutment teeth where crowns are cemented into position. These types of dentures are usually made from materials that closely resemble the teeth. These dentures are secured into place and are usually more stable than the removable ones.
Precision partial dentures have a similar structure to the traditional partial dentures. They are removable and attach by the means of precision attachments. These replace the metal clasps, which have several disadvantages. Precision partial dentures have in-built nylon designs that attach firmly and blend in with the oral environment. With the use of precision partial denture, there are no metal clasps that show when you smile. The metal clasps can also cause sore gums.
How Is a Precision Partial Denture Placed?
The procedure of making and placing a precision partial denture takes several appointments. To obtain a precision partial denture, your remaining tooth or teeth are first examined and treated for any disease or inflammation that may be present. Next, an impression of your tooth or teeth is taken, and models are made. With the models, crowns are fabricated and tested to ascertain fitness. The dentures are constructed in the dental laboratory and are tried in and possibly adjusted. When all these are in place, the crowns are cemented, and the precision partial denture is placed.
Complete dentures are used when all the teeth in an arch are absent or there is a loss of intraoral tissue due to cancer. Complete dentures come in two types. There are conventional complete dentures and immediate complete dentures. The conventional complete dentures are made of acrylic resin and are attached to the alveolar ridge and other supporting structures. The immediate complete dentures are issued immediately after all of the remaining teeth on either of the dental arches are lost. They help control the remodeling process by restricting it beneath the denture. It is usually used for some time before the conventional denture is prescribed. Ready-to-wear laboratory-made dentures are usually prescribed since there are no teeth from which impressions would be taken in patients that need complete dentures.
With the use of dentures, there are no restrictions on what foods you can eat. Partial dentures also reduce the chewing workload on the remaining natural teeth. They also help restore the shape of your face and boost your confidence. If you have some or all of your teeth missing and you would like to obtain dentures or discuss other available options, please reach out to Peninsula Family Dental Center via (907) 283-9125.