Custom Dentures: For a Lifetime of Smiles
When you lose your natural teeth as an older adult, it can be difficult to face the change in your self-image. That’s why full or partial tooth loss can be so traumatic to an individual: not only does it affect your self-confidence, it also increases your risk of becoming nutrition-deficient. Fortunately, full or partial dentures can be your solution.
Dentures are meant to replace missing teeth; other options include fixed bridge-work and dental implants, each with its own pros and cons. There are many kinds of dentures out there, partial to implant-supported over-dentures. Which is best for you? Your dentist can assess that and discuss your options with you.
There are a few different kinds of full dentures to choose from, including:
- Immediate Dentures: Usually temporary, immediate dentures fill in the gaps between losing your teeth and acquiring full dentures – a transitional device, if you will. The dentures are placed right after tooth extraction but don’t fit as well as the permanent dentures will when made, due to the muscular readjustment required.
- Conventional Full Dentures: These are permanent custom dentures that have been fitted to your mouth, looking just like your natural teeth with excellent functionality.
- Implant-Supported Over-dentures: These are used in order to boost the stability of a lower or upper denture. These are securely anchored using two or more dental implants.
Types of Partial Dentures
Just like full dentures, there are a few different kinds of partial dentures.
- Transitional Partial Dentures: These are removable plastic devices acting as a way to temporarily replace the tooth and maintain the right spaces during the healing period from tooth extraction. After complete healing, dental implants can be installed.
- Removable Partial Dentures: These are durable, metal-based removable partial dentures that are more lightweight and less invasive than standard plastic ones.
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How are Dentures Made?
Science and art skillfully blend together in the process of making dentures. A mold of the alveolar ridges on the top and bottom of your mouth is taken, with the base of the denture being made in a lab. The dentist and lab technician work in conjunction to select different sizes and shapes of prosthetic teeth that most closely resemble the patient’s natural smile. Then, the temporary dentures are made permanent.
Balancing the bite is an essential part of the process, to allow for normal speech and eating. This is why it’s important that the upper and lower dentures come together the right way, and the dentist will check this before anything permanent is done.
What to Expect
If you have an immediate denture, you will experience possible shrinking of tissue loss of bone. As such, after a few months you will see that your immediate dentures don’t fit as well as they once did. You will have two options: have your immediate dentures re-lined (material is added under the base to better conform to the ridges) or go with a full set of permanent dentures.
You and your dentist can talk about which option is best for you. Custom dentures are a great way to regain your smile and functionality after tooth loss.