Dentures are tooth replacement solutions that are used to restore missing, severely decayed, or broken teeth. They restore the patient’s ability to eat and speak and also improve their overall appearance. Traditional dentures are removable and require adhesives to stay in place. Implant-supported dentures are supported and kept in place by dental implants.
Dentures can be used as a replacement for an entire set of teeth or only part of the missing natural teeth. Complete dentures replace an entire set of teeth, while partial dentures only replace a few teeth.
How Do Implant Dentures Work?
Dentures are engineered to provide a convenient solution for missing teeth. They are used by patients who underwent tooth extractions or naturally lost their teeth.
Dentures function by providing support to the facial structure which directly affects your cheeks and lips. Dentures are designed to look and function like natural teeth.
Dentures can replace all or only a few of the patient’s natural teeth. They are inserted after the decayed or damaged teeth have been removed and once the gums have healed.
Immediate dentures are inserted as soon as the teeth have been extracted. The tissues heal beneath the dentures.
Implant-supported dentures use implants for support and stability. The implants are first inserted into the jawbone and then the denture is securely attached to them.
What Does a Denture Look Like?
A traditional denture has two parts, the base and the artificial teeth. The base is made from acrylic and designed to look like natural gums. The artificial teeth can be made from porcelain, ceramic, or resin and look and feel like natural teeth.
Implant dentures are made up of three parts: the implant, the attachment, and the artificial teeth.
Partial dentures are used as a replacement for only a specific set of teeth. A useful restorative technique to replace one or more missing teeth, these dentures help patients improve their speech and ability to eat. There are several types of partial dentures, as follows:
Transitional Partial Denture: These are plastic dentures that function as temporary teeth replacements. They help the patient while they recover from the tooth extractions.
Permanent Partial Denture: These are lightweight partial dentures designed for permanent use. They can be supported by implants, are more comfortable, and look more natural than transitional dentures.
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