Tooth loss has inevitable consequences in the long run, in that, it reduces self-esteem, and exposes one to nutritional and systemic deficiencies. However, dentists have fortunately established an effective cure to this condition: Removable Dentures.
Aside from removable dentures, we also have other tooth replacement options such as bridgework and dental implants. These methods differ in their processes, merits, and demerits, so, it is advisable to analyze them properly to make the right choice.
There are different dentures, and each is utilized based on the specific condition of the denture. Partial dentures and implant-based denture are among the common types.
How Do Removable Dentures Work?
These dentures are made-up of plastic resin with a gum-colored base that can comfortably fit into the bone ridge that initially supports the teeth. These dentures have prosthetic teeth, specifically created to appear and function Inna similar way with the natural teeth. They are mainly supported by the suction effect arising as a result of the fit against the alveolar ridges. Hence, the reason why they must be fitted adequately.
Also, the upper dentures are as well supported by the full surface area of the palate, which provides stability.
Initially, to put-on dentures, you need to practice the adoption repeatedly, especially eating and talking with this material.
With time, the muscles, ligaments, and nerves will adjust to the new function. Dentures also provide important support to the skeletal framework and the soft tissues present in the mouth and lips.
Types of Full Dentures
- Immediate denture – these provide temporary support until you adapt effectively to the use of dentures. Due to the need for muscle readjustment and gum shrinkage, initial dentures won’t immediately adjust to the teeth. The same thing happens to permanent dentures for the first few days of use after healing.
Therefore, immediate dentures help to fill the gap left by the lost tooth, get you adapted to using dentures before subsequent replacement.
- Conventional Full Dentures – these are dentures that are created to look alike and perform the same function like your natural tooth. They are fabricated by using the prototype of your teeth, and therefore, provide a long-lasting effect.
Implant-supported Overdentures – these dentures are created to improve the stability of either the lower or upper existing denture. Upper jaws, most times, require a higher implant than the lower one because of low bone density in the upper jaw. Most people have reported that using more than one denture provides them with increased comfort and value.
Types of Partial Dentures
Transitional – these are principally designed to serve a temporary function. It replaces your tooth while you await complete healing from the tooth extraction process.
Removable – they are made up of cast Vitallium, and are metallic in form, making it relatively lighter than the plastic ones. They provide a better fit and are relatively affordable compared to implants or bridgeworks.
How Are Dentures Made and Fitted For You?
To manufacture a denture, it involves creativity and science. The first step is to map-out a framework of the alveolar ridges on both sides of the mouth. Afterward, we use that mapped-out sample to create the base of the denture in the lab.
The process involves collaboration between dentist and lab technicians. Selecting the appropriate sizes, shapes, or prosthetic tooth to use. Once the two parties can come to the perfect conclusion, then, the dentures will be created in its permanent form.
What Should I Expect After Getting Fitted for Dentures?
Well, there are some signs you have to expect after receiving a denture. At the initial stage, you will experience tooth shrinkage and bone loss. That is why, after some time, the dentures lose their fitting on your teeth. In such a situation, you can either request for your temporary denture to be readjusted or request for a full denture, which provides a permanent effect.
As dentists, we have ensured that you receive the right aesthetic and economical treatment to your tooth loss issues. Therefore, it becomes your duty to ensure that you adequately cater for them afterward.
Do you think you can benefit from dentures? Dr. Carol Felder, a Norwalk CT Dentist specializing in general & cosmetic dentistry can help you. Book your appointment today.