Dentures are simulated teeth and gums designed to replace the removed or missing natural teeth. They are worn to enhance your smile and appearance. They even help to keep mouth structure sound offering support to lips and cheeks. Dentures ensure that you chew food properly and get nourished. It is a reasonable solution for oral health problems like rotted roots.
Traditional dentures are removable. They can act as a partial or full set of teeth in more than one region inside your mouth. On the other hand, conventional denture types rest on your gums and get attached to your natural teeth. Fortunately, implant-supported are secure dentures that get attached to the surgically fixed foundation within the jawbone.
Which denture type to choose?
There are two main types – full or partial. The dentist determines the denture type best for patients based on whether all teeth need to be replaced or some. In full dentures, there is a flesh-colored based designed from acrylic that fits over the gums. The upper denture base covers the mouth roof, while lower denture gets shaped like a horseshoe to provide accommodation to the tongue.
Before fitting full dentures, remaining teeth get removed. Jawbone gets affected slowly because of this process but reforms over time. The tissue healing process takes several months after which mouth gets measured and full dentures get ordered. During the healing process, the patient has to stay without teeth but to avoid this uneasy situation the dentist instantly inserts full denture.
The measurements and jaw models are taken before removing all the teeth. Thus, the patient does not have to stay without teeth but after being inserted you will need to have them relined. It is because the bone that supports the teeth undergoes healing, which makes the inserted denture wobbly.
In cases where a couple of teeth go missing, the dentist will suggest partial dentures to fill the gap. These are attached to your natural teeth in different ways. A metal clasp is used to grip your natural teeth. There are also less noticeable precision attachments recommended. Partial dentures are also attached to crowns with precision attachments, which enhance the fit.
Implants are surgically fitted in the jawbone. The implant extends away from the gums and the process needs several dental clinic visits. The implant-supported dentures are more stable than other denture types. In traditional dentures, the lower jaw one slip out often but implants are fixed in the jaw, at the front.
- Ball-retained dentures [stud-attachment dentures] contain sockets that get attached to ball-shaped connectors of the implant.
- Bar retained dentures include a thin metal bar attached with clips to a set of 2 to 5 implants.
For implant-supported dentures, the candidate needs to have sufficient jawbone, healthy gums, and proper oral care routines.
At Pasadena Texas Dental Clinic, patients have been enjoying custom dentistry suitable to their unique needs. The team is committed to delivering the best dental care. In terms of experience, all kinds of dental issues are treated with successful outcomes.