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Dentures: Partial, Conventional, Immediate, Overdenture


Dentures is one of the most common dental treatments in the world. Whether you are missing few or all of your teeth it is very important to replace these teeth for oral health reasons. A denture fills in the space created by extracted or missing teeth and completes your radiant smile.

A good denture helps a person to chew food properly, which is a common problem for pople missing teeth. Moreover, a denture may also improve speech by having a comfortable dental health. Dentures, furthermore, prevent sagging of face by providing good support for the cheeks and lips. Thus, denture is one of the well-sought services from cosmetic dentistry specialists.

Whenever teeth are missing, the remaining teeth can move and change position into the surrounding empty spaces. These teeth that are out of proper positions may cause some damages in the tissues of the mouth. Moreover, it may be difficult to clean thoroughly between crooked teeth. Therefore, you run the risk of getting tooth decay and gum infections and diseases, which can lead to loss of other teeth.

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Cast Metal Partial Denture

The first common type of partial denture is with the use of a Cast Metal. The Cast Metal Partial Denture is the best option for partial dentures. Aside from being much stronger, it is also less less bulky and offers the best fit to any shape of gums and jaw. Cast Metal partial dentures are fabricated using a high quality metal framework, attaching to a higher-grade denture teeth. CMPD requires 14 to 21 days to deliver since the special metal framework used is usually made by external parties.

Acrylic Partial Denture

Another option for partial denture is the Acrylic Partial. Acrylic Dentures are more handy and affordable, but they tend to feel more bulky. The partial denture has an acrylic base upon which the teeth are set and is attached to natural teeth with small metal clasps. The dentist will let you know which among your teeth are available to place fit on this type of denture.

Other Types of Dentures

Partial Dentures. Partial Dentures are always given to patients when still have some remaining natural teeth more than missing tooth. A person can have a partial denture on lower or upper jaw, or even both. In some cases, it is in combination with a complete denture. Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to gum-pink-coloured plastic bases, which are connected by metal framework. Removable partial dentures attach to your natural teeth with metal clasps or precision attachments. Precision attachments are generally more aesthetic than metal clasps and they are nearly invisible. Crowns on your natural teeth may improve the fit of a removable partial denture and they are usually required with attachments. Dentures with precision attachments generally cost more than those with metal clasps.

Complete or Full Dentures. Full Dentures (also called Complete Dentures) are made when all the person's natural teeth are already extracted. A full denture can be fitted to either upper or lower jaw, or both. A successful complete denture can be made but it is always a compromise. A full denture is considered as last option so if the patient still have remaining teeth. It is recommended, if possible, to KEEP at least some or all of natural teeth. Specially on cases in lower jaw. Complete lower denture wear is very difficult because there is nothing to hold a lower denture down while you chew. One of the major drawbacks of complete dentures is the resorption of the underlying bone.

Dentures Procedures Appointments

If all your teeth are already gone, a complete denture will take about six appointments over about a one month period. The following are the typical appointments for dentures.

Appointment No. 1 (Approximately 1 hour)

An accurate impression of the patient's lower and upper jaw/mouth are taken with a mould using a special tray. These mouth impressions are then forwarded to the dental lab. The dental laboratory will make the solid model of the patient's jaw & waxbases for close measurements for the next appointments.

Appointment No. 2 (Approximately 1 hour)

Measurements are taken of how your jaws relate to one another and how much space is between them (bite relationship). The dentist will modify the wax bases to capture the jaw relationship. Next the teeth will then be selected for your denture. The size, shape and color of the teeth will depend on many factors, including reference points in your mouth, remaining natural teeth, your skin tone and the shape of your skull, photographs, etc. The modified wax bases and the mould and shade information are given to the dental laboratory so the teeth can be placed into the wax bases for the next appointment a week later.

Appointment No. 3 (Approximamtely 30 min.)

The third appointment essentially involves wax try in. The teeth are held in the base with wax while the person is having a trial fitting.The denture can be tested if it looks and feels well in the person's mouth. The dentist should make sure it fits very well and functions correctly harmonizing with the rest of the face. The patient should express his or her satisfaction on the denture. Then, the denture will be sent to laboratory for processing and will be available the next visit booked 3 - 4 working days later. Otherwise, if it is not satisfactory, there will be additional fittings and try-ins until the patient feels happy with the dentures.

Appointment No. 4

The 4th appointment deals with the denture insertion. The dentist will fit the approved denture into the mouth and make whatever minor adjustments necessary for a comfortable fit. At this time, the dentist will also go over the instructions for eating, speaking, denture care and dental/oral hygiene. Sometimes, if the bite is off we will sent it back to the laboratory for a bite adjustment.

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Cost of Dentures and False Teeth

Please see reduced dental fees for cost of dentures and false teeth. Each state has their own rates for Dentures and false teeth.

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Dentists offering Dentures and False Teeth

Please see our dentists and dental clinics list to find practices providing dentures and false teeth services in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and other cities. For best denture services please make sure you have all the information about dentures and understood the process of getting partial or full dentures from a dentist.

Based on Dr. Michael J. Guy's "Dentures" Aritcle, North Bay ON.

Dentures can replace your missing teeth and your smile. This may be required in the event that you have lost your natural teeth from gum disease, tooth decay or injury.

Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. Facial muscles sag without support from a denture which makes a person look older. You will also be able to eat and speak, things that people often take for granted until they have lost their natural teeth.

What is a denture?

A denture is an appliance which is worn to replace lost or missing teeth. The base of a denture is called a plate and can be made of either acrylic (plastic) or metal. The teeth are normally made of acrylic and can be made to match your natural teeth. A complete or full denture is one which replaces all of the natural teeth in either the upper or lower jaws. A partial denture fills in the spaces created by lost or missing teeth and is attached to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments.

Why bother with dentures?

Replacing lost or missing teeth has substantial benefits for your health and appearance. A complete or full denture replaces the natural teeth and provides support for cheeks and lips. Without this support, sagging facial muscles can make a person appear older and reduce their ability to eat and speak.

Who needs a denture?

Candidates for complete dentures have lost most or all of their teeth. A partial denture is suitable for those who have some natural teeth remaining. A denture improves chewing ability and speech and provides support for facial muscles. It will greatly enhance the facial appearance and smile.

What is the difference between conventional and immediate dentures?

Conventional dentures are made and inserted after teeth have been removed and the tissues have healed. Healing may take several months.

Immediate Dentures are inserted immediately after teeth have been removed. To do this, dentists take measurements and impressions of your mouth during a preliminary visit.

An advantage of immediate dentures is that the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, bone and gums can shrink over time, especially during the first six months after teeth have been removed. When gums shrink, immediate dentures may require relining or even replacing to fit properly. A conventional denture can then be made once the tissues have healed. Healing may take at least 6-8 weeks.

What is an overdenture?

An overdenture is a removable denture that fits over a small number of remaining natural teeth or dental implants. The natural teeth must be prepared to provide stability and support for the denture. Dentists can determine if an overdenture would be suitable for you.

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