A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
Complete dentures can be either “conventional” or “immediate. Conventional complete dentures are made after all the teeth have been removed and a healing period of the soft and hard tissues after extractions applied, between 4 weeks to 3 months.
Immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. As a result, one does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, bones and gums shrink over time, especially during the healing period following tooth removal. Therefore a disadvantage of immediate dentures compared with conventional dentures is that they require more adjustments to fit properly during the healing process.
In general there are 2 types of removable partial dentures.
Plastic: These partial dentures are made from a plastic material called acrylic. The plastic forms a plate, which covers part or the whole of the roof of the mouth in the upper arch, or part or the whole of the lingual surface in the lower arch. Such dentures may have metal clasps fitted to some of the standing teeth to help retention, or may have to rely solely on a close adaptation to the mucous membrane and teeth to hold the denture in place.
Metal: The metal used in partial dentures is chrome cobalt. This is a very strong rigid material, even in quite thin sections. A metal denture usually only covers part of the oral mucosa and can be quite complex in design. Rather than full plates, they usually consist of thin straps or bars, which have clasps around the standing teeth to hold the denture in place. They are easier to tolerate and more comfortable to wear.
Here at Faith Dental, we will advice you on which type of dentures best suit your dental needs.
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