Full dentures are removable devices that replace all natural teeth, and upper and lower arches if necessary. They are held by the gums, though it is possible to have a full denture retained by implants for increased stability. A full denture is made from an acrylic base and either acrylic or composite teeth. A metal plate can also be inserted into the denture for increased durability.
Removable partial dentures replace one or more missing natural teeth, and is held by the surrounding teeth and gums. A customised partial denture can greatly improve a person’s ability to chew and speak clearly, and may also prevent natural teeth from shifting into the space created by tooth loss. At Esteem Dental Care, we offer acrylic and chrome partial dentures:
are made of denture teeth attached to an acrylic base plate. Stability and retention (grip) come from the denture’s close fit against the gums and teeth, the use of metal clasps and a well-fitting base plate. Acrylic dentures are the cheapest and easiest to make, put in and take out. But they are less comfortable and more prone to breakages, so are usually used as a temporary replacement.
have a metal base plate that sits around the natural teeth, with the denture teeth being attached with acrylic. Stability and retention come from the metal framework gripping the natural teeth, so chrome partials are stronger and more permanent. They are the most comfortable to wear and the easiest to adapt to, so patients can wear them in good confidence.
Success of partial dentures depend on: a treatment plan that was based on clinical and radiological findings that were carefully considered in the design, as well as proper placement of the clamps and rests of the denture. Thus, there are many factors that need to be considered, and your dental prosthetist will discuss the best options with you.
Most removable partial dentures are rigid due to the metal plates, though this may pose a problem for some patients. A flexible denture uses a flexible base that provides excellent aesthetic appeal and comfort. In fact, flexible dentures are almost invisible in that there are no metal clasps and the flexible materials blend in with the tissues in your mouth, so the only thing that can be seen is your beautiful smile.
An immediate denture is used to avoid being without any teeth while you heal, after an extraction for instance. Your dental prosthetist will take impressions while your natural teeth are still present, and use these to make a denture in the likeness of your teeth or with any modifications you wish. It is important to note that follow up appointments are necessary as oral tissues may recede during the healing process and adversely affect the fit of the denture.
Implant retained dentures are dentures that are secured onto a permanent dental implant, which offers the necessary support and retention for the removable denture. This allows the denture to stay in place while chewing and speaking, so you can have the confidence that the denture will not move in your mouth as you eat whatever you like.
Broken or worn-out dentures that no longer fit do not always have to be replaced, which may save you money. Your dental prosthetist may reline your denture, which involves adding new material to the tissue side of your denture so it fits properly. This process affects the fit of the denture and will not change its appearance. Moreover, a prosthetist may be able to repair a broken or cracked denture and return it to its original state. This includes situations such as needing additional teeth to be added to the denture after an extraction, as well as if a replacement clasp is required.
Why is it so important to have your denture carefully and, above all, professionally cleaned?
Dentures change with age.
Under the microscope you can see how the surface becomes increasingly rough.
This decay and depositing has unpleasant results:
……and carries high risks: