If you have lost some or all of your natural teeth, dentures can replace the teeth that are missing and improve your quality of life. With a little practice, dentures can make eating and speaking easier. You can smile freely without feeling embarrassed.
Dentures can be made to look like your natural teeth. There may be only a small change in how you look. Full dentures may even give you a better smile. Dentures also support your cheeks and lips so the face muscles do not sag and make you look older. Pediatric Dentist
Additional topics to be added soon: SImmediate Dentures, Complete Denture, Partial Dentures, Implant Supported Dentures
Types of Dentures
There are eight (8) different types of dentures
Traditional/Full – A full set replaces an entire upper or lower set of teeth. While dental bridges are anchored, or fixed, to existing teeth, traditional dentures replace all of the teeth and sit on top of the gums.
Partial – A partial set is affixed to existing teeth, and it is removable so you can take it out as you like. A partial set helps keep other teeth from moving and prevents future dental problems.
Custom – These dentures are made specifically to suit your smile, mouth, and preferences. They are more expensive, but they result in a more natural-looking smile.
Immediate – Most of the time, you have to wait 8 to 12 weeks after tooth extraction before denture implants can be placed. Immediate dentures are placed immediately after tooth extraction.
Snap-in – These convenient dentures snap into place using the aid of existing teeth and dental structures.
Overdentures – Overdentures are another type of denture product that sits on top of the gums and is removable. This type also uses the support of existing teeth.
Upper – These dentures are created just for the upper set of teeth.
Economy – While these are the most affordable option, they have a loose fit, aren’t customized for your mouth, slip easily, look unnatural, and are usually a last resort.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. SInha to learn which denture will provide the most optional long term solution and be financially viable as well.
Immediate dentures, as the name suggests, are inserted immediately after the removal or natural teeth. Immediate dentures may be helpful in the following manner
Missing teeth can be replaced immediately thus providing the patient a better social performance with the teeth.
Immediate dentures also act to protect gum tissues and reduce bleeding.
It help you chew comfortably and speak more easily.
Complete dentures are used to replace all the natural teeth. You may wear Immediate dentures for a few months while the gums heal and become ready for conventional complete dentures.
Removable Partial dentures replaces your missing teeth, where the replacement tooth or teeth are attached to a plastic base, which may or may not be supported by a metallic framework to hold the denture securely in place in your mouth.
As the proportion of senior citizens in the population grows, the number of American adults dealing with cases of edentulism (lack of teeth) is expected to grow to 30 million by the year 2020. Traditionally, the debate around these cases has centered on a choice between two forms of treatment: implants and dentures.
Overdentures are becoming a popular alternative
Overdentures are normal dentures that are supported by permanent implants, and they combine many of the benefits offered by both treatment options.
Overdentures are more affordable than permanent implants because they require a far less comprehensive supporting structure. Dentures are usually fixed into place using either CAD-manufactured bar elements or telescopic attachments. A full row of lower dentures can by supported by as few as two strategically positioned implants, while an upper denture can usually be attached with anywhere from 4-6 implants.
Compared to normal dentures, overdentures can reduce resorptive bone loss processes by up to 75%, because the implants will still stimulate your jaw bones as you bite and chew. Prevention of bone loss is one the main concerns for any dental treatment so this benefit alone can make overdentures an attractive option.
Overdentures are far more stable than loose dentures, and they can significantly improve a patient’s ability to bite and chew. This allows you to retain harder, chewier foods as part your regular diet, as you’re able to break down food far more effectively before digestion. This also helps your body’s ability to absorb nutrients.
When your bones are under-stimulated they will naturally begin to lose mass, as this process begins to occur in the jaw the surrounding regions of the face begin to collapse inwards producing a sunken appearance. Overdentures can help to minimize this process through regular stimulation of the jawbone.
Even when adhesives are applied, standard dentures can easily shift in place while you are eating or speaking. Not only does this affect the way you eat and taste foods, it also makes eating a much messier process. Stable, well-positioned overdentures help you to avoid the embarrassment of dislodged dentures and the possible infections that arise from trapped food.
Existing dentures can be supported by permanent implants.
They are fast and easy to repair, and they can be easily adjusted to account for long-term movements in the jawbone.
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Implant Supported Denture
There are atleast two different ways in which Dr. Pallavi Sinha at i2m Dental provides Implant supported dentures.
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How to keep bottom dentures in place: Learn more about this in one of our blogs (coming soon...)