Those needing some or all of their teeth replaced will benefit from dentures. Depending on their needs, various kinds of dentures are available.
Partial or complete
Partial dentures are available for individuals with a few missing teeth due to decay or injury. Patients can choose either fixed or removable partial dentures. Fixed partial dentures are fitted as a crown and bridge with an artificial tooth placed in the empty space left by the missing tooth. Newly attached crowns sit snugly on the surrounding teeth, and the entire appliance is set with cement.
Removable partial dentures are similar to their fixed counterparts but are set in place with clips rather than crowns. They are not as stable as fixed partial dentures.
Complete dentures are necessary when all teeth in the upper and/or lower jaws require replacement.
There are four options for partial or complete dentures.
Standard dentures are designed to reach the hard bone in the palate for maximum stability and retention.
Implant retained dentures are fixed to the jaw bone with titanium screws. These dentures have greatly increased retention and take on the pressure of chewing food, preventing corrosion of the bone from regular wear and tear.
Immediate dentures, also called temporary dentures, are made before the natural teeth are extracted and are put in place shortly after to numb the pain.
Cu-Sil is a brand of dentures that attaches to the teeth surrounding a replacement tooth using an elastic gasket. This option is less secure than other dentures but can be a good option in certain cases.
Plastic or porcelain dentures are a good match for natural teeth.
As dental technology progresses, more options become available for patients depending on their needs and preferences. Overall, dentures offer comfort, aesthetics, and durability for those requiring replacement teeth.