Dentures are detachable replacements for absent teeth and all surrounding tissues. They can be an ideal way to mask missing teeth and at the same time help in keeping the looks of a face retain its original charm and shape. There are broadly two types of dentures that are available easily – complete and partial. Complete dentures can be used when none of the natural teeth is there while a partial denture can be used when there are some natural teeth are present and are strong enough. Hence, we can see that dentures can be used in different types of circumstances. We will look here at complete and partial dentures in detail so that it can be helpful to understand the concepts.

  • Complete dentures can be of two types – A complete denture can be of two distinct types – ‘conventional’ or ‘immediate’. After removal of teeth, a ‘conventional’ denture can be placed after eight to twelve weeks, while the gums tissues get healed. Therefore, for using a conventional denture, prior preparations have to be made in advance but the final results are very satisfactory. Comparatively, an ‘immediate’ denture can be placed as soon as a tooth is removed. They are made in advance and a person need not stay without teeth during the healing process of gum tissues. Conventional dentures are therefore more preferable to immediate dentures but the latter one can be helpful in case of an emergency.
  • A partial denture can be natural looking – When there are few teeth present in the jaws, a partial denture can be a suitable option. A removable partial denture is also known as a bridge and it has replacement teeth that are connected to a pink-colored plastic base. The base is usually connected to a metal framework that helps in keeping the denture at the proper place within the mouth. A bridge is cemented at a place after connecting the artificial teeth and placing crowns at either end of the missing space. This way, it also helps in keeping the other teeth firm at their positions. A partial denture is usually, removable and there are internal attachments to connect to the adjacent crowns.  
  • The process of making a denture – To develop a new denture for a particular person, it can take a few weeks and a number of visits to a dentist. A prosthodontics usually makes such an appliance and may need to know the jaw type and matching criteria. Jaw impressions and measurements will be needed for a denture along with the spacing and the relation between the upper and lower jaws. Depending on it, a wax or plastic model may be created so that a person can try it out to assess for a correct fit and shape. Only when it is found to be correct in all aspects, the final denture is cast and minor adjustments are then made for a person.
  • Are dentures to be worn at all times – After a new denture is made, a person may have to wear it at all times, including sleep. This can be temporarily uncomfortable but it is done so that areas can be identified that need minor adjustments. It is the best way to find those areas. After making the needed adjustments, they should be removed before going to bed. Cleaning by the saliva and tongue can done. The gum tissues can also be put to rest at the time.

As we can see, these appliances can be very much helpful for a person suffering from teeth loss due to which they are highly preferred by people with missing teeth. Moreover, since they are customized for every person, one can get the perfect feel by wearing them. It is also the reason why they are so often used.



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