Dentures are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth and are supported by the surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity.
Overview of Denture
During life, several problems affect a person’s health, which one of them is missing one or more teeth. So as lots of people’s self-confidence usually comes from their appearance, tooth lose may affect a person’s smile and also self-confidence. One of the ways to fill it is denture.
Type of Denture
- Full Dentures: Full dentures consist of both upper and lower sets, and are mainly used when all-natural teeth are gone.
- Partial Dentures: Partial dentures are recommended when one or more natural teeth need to be replaced. Some types of tooth replacements are fixed surgically, including bridges, implants, overdentures, and some removable dentures. There are four main types:
- Fixed Bridge: A fixed bridge is used to replace missing teeth by cementing an artificial tooth to the remaining natural teeth on each side.
- Implants: Dental implants mimic the roots of teeth. They are surgically placed into the bone and fuse with it over time for a natural fit.
- Implant-Supported Fixed Dentures: a crown is secured to implants that are surgically inserted into the jawbone.
- Implant-Supported Removable Dentures: Implants in the jaw are used to attach a denture.
Dentures Recommended For:
- Patients with missing teeth
- Patients with healthy gums
The doctor will talk about different tooth replacement therapies with the patient and ask all questions for sure. The dentist will take some x-rays and take medical histories. Also, he or she will examine the gums to see its health.
Dentures are used in the toothless parts of the mouth, so any remained tooth should be removed first. If any tooth removed depending on the denture type, the process of moulding and building a tooth begins. At first, the dentist makes an impression of bite, and he will send a model to the laboratory, and the construction usually takes two weeks. In the next visit, the dentist examines the denture model and evaluate how it fits in the mouth. They may need several visits to make the denture proper.
Patients usually have some questions about denture. They may affect their speech and eating, specially in the first days. But after a while, patients get used to them, and they will learn how to eat and talk with them. In the first days, it is recommended to eat soft foods and chew gently. Patients complained that their speech is changed after using denture, too. Practising with a loaded tone and passing of time helps to come over this complication. Continuous use of removable denture even during the night helps to get used to it faster.