Dentures are Sometimes Necessary
A removable bridge, more commonly known as a denture, is a removable replacement for missing teeth and adjacent tissues. It is made of acrylic resin, often in combination with a metal framework and metal clasps.
Types of Dentures
Complete dentures replace all the teeth, while a partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from changing position.
A denture improves chewing ability and speech, and provides support for facial muscles. It will greatly enhance the facial appearance and smile for someone missing teeth in the back
Complete dentures are called "conventional" or "immediate" according to when they are made and when they are inserted into the mouth. Immediate dentures are inserted immediately after the removal of the remaining teeth. To make this possible, the dentist takes measurements and makes the models of the patient`s jaws during a preliminary visit.
An advantage of immediate dentures is that the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, bones and gums do shrink over time, especially during the period of healing in the first six months after the removal of teeth. Immediate dentures will require rebasing or relining to continue to fit properly. A conventional denture can then be made once the tissues have healed. Healing may take at least 6-8 weeks. However continued bone loss overtime is to be expected.
A partial denture or an overdenture is a removable denture that fits around a small number of remaining natural teeth or implants. The natural teeth must be prepared to provide stability and support for the denture.
How are dentures made?
The denture process takes about one month and five appointments: the initial diagnosis is made; an impression and a wax bite are made to determine vertical dimensions and proper jaw position; a "try-in" made of wax is placed to assure proper color, shape and fit; and the patient`s final denture is placed, following any minor adjustments.
Getting used to your denture
For the first few weeks, a new denture feels awkward or bulky. However, your mouth will eventually become accustomed to wearing it. Inserting and removing the denture will also require some practice.
If your denture no longer fits properly, breaks, cracks or chips, see your dentist. In many cases, dentists can make necessary adjustments or repairs, often on the same day. Complicated repairs may require that the denture be sent to a dental laboratory.
Denture adhesives can provide additional retention for well-fitting dentures. Denture adhesives are not the solution for old, ill-fitting dentures. A poorly fitting denture, over a long period, may contribute to the development of sores. These dentures may need a reline or need to be replaced. If your dentures begin to feel loose, or cause pronounced discomfort, consult with your dentist immediately.« Go Back