While every patient prefers fixed restorations over removable ones, the options a dentist has to help a patient regain their chewing and biting function are sometimes limited. This is when dentures come for the rescue!
Dentures are great for patients
- Who do not qualify for implant treatment
- Who are tight on budget
- Who need some relatively quick solution but do not qualify for bridges
- Who would like to avoid surgery or invasive dental treatments.
Dentures are the oldest tooth replacement methods in dentistry. They come in various forms including full or partial dentures, with or without additional metal reinforcement, with acrylic or porcelain teeth – just to mention a few variables. Dentures are used mostly in case of completely toothless patients, however some variations are great for covering partial tooth loss too.
The process begins with your dentist taking an impression of your mouth and existing teeth. The impression is taken to a dental laboratory where your future denture will be manufactured in multiple stages. As dentures cover some part of your soft, mucosal tissues (gums, palate), it is vital to get them as precisely fitting as possible to avoid uncomfortable wear and usage. You will be seen for a try-in visit at each stage of completion. When the denture is ready to be handed over to you, your dentist will educate you on the proper use and maintenance.
Did you know dentures can be combined with other tooth replacement treatments? Partial dentures can be used in combination with ceramic bridges – typically when the front teeth are still in place and only the rear ones are missing. The bridge is a fixed part of the restoration on the natural front teeth, with dentures replacing the missing molars. The dentures may attach to the teeth in several ways, typically with clamps.
Dentures may also be combined with dental implants. With a reduced number of implants needed compared to fully fixed implant restorations, implant supported dentures are great for patients looking for a stable and comfortable, yet affordable full restoration.