Full & Partial Dentures
Full Dentures & Full Mouth Reconstruction
Full dentures are a prosthetic dental appliance that is used to replace a full arch of missing teeth. They are custom-made to fit the user’s mouth and provide them with the ability to chew and speak normally.
Full dentures can be made from either acrylic or metal and may be removable or fixed in place with dental adhesive. Full dentures also help restore facial structure and support the lips and cheeks, giving a more natural look to the face. Some prefer implant retained dentures or overdenture.
After all the natural teeth are taken out, conventional full dentures are provided to patients. However, the healing process of gum tissue can take several months before they can be placed. Full dentures can be put into the mouth right after the natural teeth have been pulled out. These dentures may require multiple adjustments in the early months of use, to ensure proper fit and function.
Immediate dentures, both partial and full, are designed to rest on the gum tissue. This suction helps them stay securely in place while you eat and talk. Denture adhesive is an excellent way to make sure your dentures stay in place and no food particles get stuck underneath them. If you take good care of them, full dentures can remain in a usable condition for up to ten years.
You might also hear about complete dentures, which work almost the same as your existing teeth. Complete dentures are a removable, clear acrylic set of teeth that can be fabricated and repaired fairly easily. They work just as well as natural teeth, but because the dental arch remains intact, they’re more affordable and look more natural than implants.
Caring for Full Dentures
When caring for full dentures, it is important to keep them in good shape. Regular cleaning and proper storage are essential, but regular visits to the dentist can help ensure your dentures stay functioning properly.
Partial dentures are a removable dental prosthesis that replaces missing teeth and is connected to your remaining natural teeth. They are a good alternative to bridges, which are usually permanent.
Partial dentures are often used to replace teeth in the front of your mouth, as well as back teeth, because they can be removed and worn during the day. Partial dentures are not suitable for replacing entire sets of teeth.
A partial denture may be a metal, plastic or ceramic device. Ready-made partial dentures are available from dental laboratories and specialty tooth retailers. They may also be made by a dental lab in consultation with the client’s doctor. You will need to visit your dentist for an examination so that he or she can determine the type of denture needed and set it up for optimal use.
Materials Used for Partial Dentures
Dentures may have a plastic (resin) or metal base, the latter often a mixture of cobalt and chromium. This choice is made by the dentist according to the patient’s needs.
Plastic and Polymers
Plastic bases for dentures are less expensive than metal based ones as metal is lighter and more durable. The Oral Health Foundation further emphasizes this point.
Plastic or polymer-based dentures have certain advantages over metal-based ones, such as being aesthetically appealing, easy to make and repair, lightweight and flexible.
Titanium-based dentures can result in inflammatory reactions for approximately 0.6% of patients. Thus, dentists usually opt for larger partial dentures made from titanium.
Flexible dentures require a different insertion process than the other denture types. Metal and plastic-based dentures usually have to be placed directly in your mouth.
A general dentist or a prosthodontist will be responsible for creating your dentures. In order to achieve the desired result, a comprehensive analysis of your oral anatomy is necessary. This includes examining your hard and soft palate, noting down remaining teeth and measuring how they fit together, and assessing your cosmetic goals.
Think you need dentures? Talk to our dentist to know what suits you best!
Are Dentures Uncomfortable?
It will take some time to get used to your new dentures. They may feel large or bulky in your mouth for the first few weeks. As your gums adjust, dentures will begin to feel comfortable and natural.