Dentures, or false teeth, are dental prosthetic devices made to replace missing teeth. There are two main categories for dentures –partial dentures and complete dentures, and each category has its own different types of dentures. Partial dentures can be removable or fixed whereas complete dentures can be the standard acrylic type, immediate dentures or overdentures, which include implant dentures. Continue reading
What is an Immediate Denture?
An immediate denture is “a complete denture or removable partial denture issued immediately after an extraction”. Patient may have their teeth extracted due to caries, severe periodontal disease or for esthetic purpose. An impression is taken prior to the extraction, sent to the lab and constructed according to the patient’s cast of natural teeth. It has great advantages as the patient’s appearance is maintained with no edentulous period. Circumoral support, muscle tone, occlusion, jaw relationship, face shape and face height can be maintained. Speech and mastication is rarely affected and nutrition can be maintained sufficiently. Patient has a better social interaction with others. As there is no try-in done beforehand, esthetics may not be satisfactory and patient may not feel comfortable with the resulting appearance and fit on the day the immediate denture is inserted. They are contraindicated in patients with poor general health, postirradiation of the head and neck regions, systemic conditions that affect healing or blood clotting. Uncooperative patients who fail to understand the demands and limitations of an immediate denture, fail to carry out proper oral hygiene measures will compromise the health of the remaining natural teeth and oral tissues. Continue reading
What are dentures
Dentures are removable, artificial replacements for missing teeth, to maintain oral form, restore function, appearance and health.
There are two main types of dentures:
- Complete Dentures or Full Dentures, and
- Partial Dentures.
For those who have lost some teeth, but don’t want to get dental implants or bridges, partial dentures are an affordable option. Partial denture can be made out of full acrylic or incorporated with cast metal framework. Acrylic partial dentures are more affordable partial dentures. Cast metal partial dentures are usually greater in cost due to laboratory procedure for metal framework. Continue reading
There are about 864,000 out of 10.5 million edentulous people are wearing dentures according to NOHSA (2000), National Oral Health Survey. This accumulates up to only 10% out of the actual population who needs denture. Are you amongst the 10% are aware of the importance of wearing dentures or the remaining 10 million who are still in doubt.
THINGS THAT CAUSES LOST TEETH?
When a tooth is lost, in general it is probably due to one of these reasons:
- gum problems (periodontal diseases)
- trauma or accident
- congenital (e.g.: anadontia, hypodontia)
- supernumerary (extra teeth)
- impacted tooth
Dentures are acrylic based material which resembles your gum and teeth. People need dentures due to loss of tooth or teeth. If someone lost one or few teeth, partial denture is required. Full dentures are for those who lost all their teeth. Lower dentures are meant for lower jaw and upper dentures are meant for upper jaw.
From the past, dentures are solely removable. With the advancement of science and research, nowadays, people could have dental implants. That is why permanent dentures are possible.
What is a permanent denture?
With the word permanent, it simply means the denture is not removable. It is fixed to dental implants or your remaining teeth. Sometimes it is also known as fixed bridges.
How to fabricate a permanent denture?
They are many types of permanent dentures available, the selection of which dictates by patient’s oral conditions and partly, by the patient’s preferences. Generally, there are categorized as:
- Partial Denture – indicated for patients who have loss some of their natural teeth.
- Complete Denture or Full Denture – indicated for patients who have loss all of their teeth.
Complete and partial denture can further be divided into those which are fixed permanently in the mouth and those which can be removed out of the mouth. Example of fixed partial dentures is dental bridges; whereas example of fixed full denture is implant supported complete denture. Of course, a patient could also opt for single or multiple tooth implants as one of the options to restore their esthetic, speech and masticatory (chewing) function. Continue reading