Dentures, also known as false teeth, are removable dental prostheses fabricated using acrylic resin, or even cobalt chromium for extra strength. These can either replace a single missing tooth in the mouth, or complete upper and lower dental arches. Prosthetic false teeth meant for edentulous patients (patients who do not have any teeth remaining in the upper or/and lower arches) are known as Complete Dentures. False teeth meant for patients who have a single, or few missing teeth, are known as Partial Dentures.
There are other means of replacing missing teeth in the mouth – such as bridges and implants, but dentures are generally opted for due to their easy fabrication, non-invasive procedure and placement, and the fact that they are the most affordable of all tooth replacement treatments in dentistry.
Partial and complete dentures are:
- Easy to use, clean and maintain
- Do not involve any surgery, incisions or reshaping of natural teeth
- Much cheaper as compared to bridges and dental implants
- Used for restoration of dental function and smile aesthetics
- Easily replaceable if lost or damaged
- Removable, and can be taken out of the mouth before bedtime or when they need to be cleaned
Generally, a few impressions and jaw records are required to fabricate a custom partial or complete denture for patients. In case of complete dentures, the success rate of the treatment depends upon the amount of ridge that remains following tooth loss or extraction. If the ridge is flat, the denture is more likely to move in the mouth during speech and biting/chewing. A temporary fix for this case may be the use of denture adhesives – however, for a more permanent solution, patients can opt for dental implants or implant-retained dentures.
Implant-retained dentures are a relatively new treatment that combines the benefits of complete dentures with those of dental implants. A combination of two, four or six strategically placed implants are used to hold the denture in place to eliminate chances of movement or displacement during function.
Did you know that leaving empty spaces in your mouth following tooth loss or extraction can lead to a number of complications? Unwanted movement of adjacent teeth, food impaction and thinning of the underlying jawbone are just a few of the things that you should be concerned about if you have empty dental sockets in your oral cavity. Give us a call and book an appointment with the team of experts at Prospect Dental today to learn everything you need to know about tooth replacement options, and which ones work best for you!