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 is a denture?
A standard denture is also known as artificial teeth. It is removable and made of a type of plastic like material known as acrylic. This plastic plate houses acrylic teeth to replace those that are missing inside your mouth. The plate is pink to mimic your gums and the acrylic teeth are chosen to suit the size and color of your existing teeth. If you lost all your teeth the dentist would choose a color that you prefer. Standard dentures are affordable dentures compared to permanent dentures. Continue reading
With the advancement of today’s technology, many people are turning to permanent dentures to fill in the missing gaps in their mouth.
Permanent dentures would include fixed dental prosthesis (dental bridge) and implant-supported prosthesis which are artificial substitutes that are not readily removable from the mouth. Closely resembling real teeth, they will result in a very naturalistic look.
A poor, unattractive dentition can be transformed into a comfortable, functional dentition that can last for years to come. Though however attractive they may be, permanent dentures do come with a price. Continue reading
Dentures are artificial teeth placed inside the mouth to replace missing teeth for better function, speech and esthetics. Sore gums are often the main complaint of a denture wearer.
Causes and remedies for denture sore gums
Ill fitting denture
A denture that is not fitting properly may have pressure spots while functioning. Frequent pressure on these spots may cause sores and ulcers if they are not dealt with. Usually, you need to return to the dentist for review and they will identify the pressure spots and trim if off. If you have ulcers, the dentist would prescribe ulcer relieving agents. You can also apply aloe vera gel or eucalyptus oil or simply salt water gargling to speed up the healing.
If the denture really does not fit well (hindering speech, difficult to chew, poor esthetic), you may need to redo a new one.
As you aged, your jaw bone will resorb if there are no teeth to maintain its level. Thus, the denture would have to be relined, rebased or remade to fit the changing bony contours.
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
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 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
Permanent dentures are not only for elderly people
Permanent dentures replace natural teeth lost due to injury or poor oral conditions. It restores a person’s aesthetics, chewing and speaking functions. It also maintains the health of oral tissues and other remaining teeth. Therefore, permanent dentures are not restricted for elderly people only. However, younger patients prefer dental implants because it can stop the continual bone loss and shrinkage of jawbone. Also, dental implants are very much like natural teeth and one can be sure that your dental implants would not move or loosen. Continue reading