If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury, complete dentures can replace your missing teeth and your smile. Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. Without support from the denture, facial muscles sag, making a person look older. You’ll be able to eat and speak—things that people often take for granted until their natural teeth are lost.
There are various types of complete dentures. A conventional full denture is made and placed in the patient’s mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed which may take several months. An immediate complete denture is inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. The dentist takes measurements and makes models of the patient’s jaws during a preliminary visit. With immediate dentures, the denture wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
Nowadays, implants can also be placed to help retain, support, and stabilize your denture if needed.
Even if you wear full dentures, you still must take good care of your mouth. Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque.
1. Conventional denture: Fabricated after impressions are made of your mouth. The patient helps in the process by picking color of the teeth and by helping to establish the bite pattern.
2. Suction Cup Dentures: These dentures have little suction cups, like an octopus has, to help grab the gum tissue to stabilize the denture and increase retention.
Overdenture: These are the same as conventional dentures but some of the persons teeth have been left for the denture to fit over. The remaining teeth have had root canal treatment to remove the nerves and then they are trimmed down and reshaped to accommodate the denture fitting over them.
When a person has some of the teeth remaining, then a partial denture is a possible treatment choice. Impressions are taken of the mouth and teeth and a partial denture is made to fit these teeth. There are three types of dentures offered in our office:
1. Conventional: have metal framework and metal clasps that snap over certain remaining teth to get support.
2. “No-Show”: These partial dentures are made to show as little metal as possible. Either the clasps are designed in a way to minimize their appearance or “attachments” are used which are little devices buried in the dentures that hook onto the remaining teeth for stability, but are not visible to other people.
3. Flexite: These are acrylic partials that have either pink, white or clear acrylic clasps. The clasps almost become invisible because they blend in so well. Take a look at the case below I completed: