Partial dentures are indeed a cheaper option compared to bridges and implants to replace missing teeth. But, how much do you know about the procedures to construct a partial denture? 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
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are titanium alloys made to replace roots of missing teeth. It is usually surgically placed in the jaw bone underneath your gums and fuses to the jaw bone after certain period of time. Dental bridges, dentures and dental crowns are then placed on top of dental implant for function.
What are mini dental implants?
Mini implants are miniature type of conventional dental implants. They can also be considered as cheap dental implants as they are mostly one quarter to one third of the cost of a conventional dental implant. 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% areÂ 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
The first thing that crosses your mind when you hear the word “dentures” would be the image of your gummy grandfather with his fake set of teeth. However with the advancement of today’s technology, anyone can get a denture when necessary and it is not only limited to old people. Dentures are actually part of fixed prosthodontics (placement of artificial devices in the mouth) and they can be removable dentures or fixed dentures (permanent dentures).
What are permanent dentures?
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 patientâ€™s oral conditions and partly, by the patientâ€™s preferences. Generally, there are categorized as:
- Partial Denture â€“ indicated for patients who have loss some of their natural teeth.
- Complete Denture or Full Denture â€“ 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