Types of Dentures
Dentures are primarily classified into two categories – complete and partial types. The below is a brief summary of each type. Read on to know more about them, courtesy of Dentistry on Dusk.
Complete dentures are for those individuals who have lost all of their natural teeth. It is possible to have a full denture on either the upper or lower jaws, and also both at the same time for complete edentulous patients. These kinds of dentures are also commonly referred to as ‘conventional’ or ‘immediate’ dentures, depending on the time when they are inserted into the mouth. Dentures that are inserted immediately after the removal of teeth are called immediate dentures. Measurements are taken by our dental experts here at Dentistry on Dusk, in Brampton, during your preliminary visits to make it possible to place dentures as soon as teeth are extracted. The advantage of such dentures is that patients do not have to stay without teeth and can resume a normal life instantaneously after tooth removal. However, immediate dentures may require future adjustments like rebasing or relining, due to the fact that gums and bones generally shrink during the healing period. This healing process can take up to six months to occur.
Conventional dentures on the other hand can be made after the healing process has for the most part progressed enough to take accurate duplications of the healing gums and surrounding tissues. This normally occurs six to eight weeks after extraction treatment.
Partial dentures help fill the spaces created by missing teeth and prevent other adjoining/opposing teeth from altering their position. These are suitable for individuals who still have some healthy natural teeth remaining. Partial dentures are an ideal solution for those who have missing teeth at different places in the jaw. Removable partial dentures consist of artificial teeth that are attached to pink or gum colored plastic bases, supported by either a plastic or metal framework, imparting a natural appearance. These are attached to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments.
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