Full or partial tooth loss, if left untreated, doesn’t just affect a person’s self-image — it can also increase the risk of developing nutritional problems and other systemic health disorders. Fortunately, there’s a reliable and time-tested method for treating this condition: full or partial dentures.
Different Types of Dentures
If you are completely missing all your teeth on your upper and lower arches you may be a candidate for Complete Dentures. They are made of acrylic to closely mimic the shade, texture and characteristics of natural gingiva and teeth selected, (size, shape & colour) to match your facial aesthetics.
Partial Dentures are intended to replace missing gaps in your teeth. They are anchored by metal or acrylic clasps to your existing teeth to maintain tooth alignment by preventing your remaining teeth from shifting.
Depending on the location of the missing teeth either an acrylic or cast metal partial denture will be designed.
These are used as a temporary set of dentures immediately after tooth extraction. As your bone and gum tissue heals, you may need periodic adjustment of your immediate denture to maintain fit. Once your completely healed a more permanent denture can be fabricated.
Dentures can be stabilized with implants. The overdenture is made to fit over the teeth roots left in the bone – this is what anchors the denture. This usually involves a root canal procedure to reduce sensitivity during the procedure. The denture is still removable, but offers improved retention, function and speech over traditional complete dentures.
Dentures are just one option for replacing missing teeth; some of the others include fixed bridgework and dental implants. Each method has its particular pluses and minuses, which should be carefully considered. There are also several varieties of dentures available to address specific issues, from partial dentures to implant-supported overdentures. The best option for you will depend on your individual situation booking a consultation with one of our prosthodontists for an in-depth discussion regarding the best plan to maintain your oral health.