Dentures are the least expensive option for replacing missing teeth. These dental prostheses typically consist of acrylic resin or porcelain that is reinforced using some type of metal. There are two types of dentures: the partial denture (aka partials, flippers) and complete dentures (aka full dentures, false teeth). Partials are used when some of the patient’s natural teeth remain; whereas, complete dentures are for patients who no longer have any natural teeth.
Dentures and Denture Repair at Pardee Family Dentistry
A denture, whether partial or complete, improves an individual’s ability to chew and to speak. In addition, dentures can provide support for the muscles and the structures of the face, which helps prevent the area beneath the cheekbones from looking deflated. This deflated look can add years to the face.
Types of Complete Dentures:
- Conventional dentures — Created after the natural teeth have been removed and healing of the gingival tissue (aka gum tissue) has begun. These dentures can be placed from eight to 12 weeks following tooth removal.
- Immediate dentures — Frequently used as a temporary solution until the patient’s conventional dentures are created. Immediate dentures are created prior to the removal of teeth, which allows them to be placed directly following tooth removal. Using this prosthesis means that the patient will always have teeth. Once healing is complete, to attain the best fit possible, the patient may need his or her immediate dentures adjusted, so they can be used until the conventional dentures are ready.
Types of Partial Dentures:
- A partial — Used when the patient has at least one natural tooth. These prostheses consist of replacement teeth with a plastic base that is designed to resemble gum tissue. Metal framework may be used to ensure the partial remains in place.
- A fixed bridge — Can replace one or multiple missing teeth. This prosthesis requires the placement of dental crowns on the teeth that will be securing the bridge. The missing teeth are replaced with artificial teeth. A fixed bridge is cemented into place.
- A precision partial — Offers patients a more natural-looking solution for missing teeth. This partial is removable and instead of clasps to hold it in place, this precision partial has internal attachments.
When dentures feel as if they are not functioning as they normally would or fitting as they should, denture repair may be necessary. Just like everything else, dentures are susceptible to wear and tear; however, these issues may also stem from changes in the patient’s jawline or due to an accident that damaged the dentures. Whenever issues such as this arise, patients need to have their dentures examined by one of the professionals at Pardee Family Dentistry. If a problem is found, denture repairs can be performed.
To make an appointment at Pardee Family Dentistry, please call 1-440-327-0855.