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Dentures


Dentures, or false teeth, are fixed or removable replacements for teeth. Tooth replacement becomes necessary when the tooth and its roots have been irreparably damaged, and the tooth has been lost or must be removed. Dentures restore the look and function of your smile, are custom-crafted just for you, and are easy to maintain. Today?s dentures are natural-looking, more comfortable than ever, and last for decades with proper care.

Dentures are important for older folks because, without teeth, it's hard to smile, talk, and eat properly. But it can be a little weird if you see someone take out his or her dentures. Dentures may not fit as well and will need to be reflected or new ones may be needed. Dentures with precision attachments generally cost more than those with metal clasps. Consult with your dentist to find out which type is right for you.

Full dentures consist of a pink acrylic base holding a complete arch of teeth. On an upper denture, the base conforms to the dental ridge at the front of the mouth and extends over the palate.Full bridges or dentures are created to attach to the implants, literally locking the teeth replacement into place. Full dentures stay in place by resting on the gums. Fitting a set of dentures usually takes several visits with the dentist.


 

As you can see, dentures come in many shapes and sizes.

Some examples include full dentures, partial dentures, over dentures, immediate dentures, precision partial dentures, and implant retained dentures.

These dentures can be created to chew against natural teeth, fixed bridges, implant supported crowns or bridges, or almost any other type of dental prosthesis.

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Here is an example of a lower removable partial denture (RPD).

The missing teeth are replaced by plastic or porcelain teeth supported by a metal framework.

This type of prosthesis has the advantage of economy (many teeth can be provided for a relatively lower cost than fixed bridges or implants). And, it is easy to clean and maintain.

The disadvantages of the RPD are that it doesn't stimulate the bone the way natural teeth or implants would, so the amount of bone below the plate will decrease over time. And, the RPD can cause an esthetic problem, especially on the upper, if the clasps that hold it in are visible toward the front of the mouth.

To solve this problem, we sometimes make a denture that is retained by implants submerged in the bone.

The denture is still removable, but there are no clasps because the RPD is retained by the implants.


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