What Are the Different Types of Dentures?
Partials — A large number of missing or removed teeth are replaced on either the upper or lower jaw. A partial generally consists of a metal framework matched to the color of the patient’s gums, an acrylic base, and replacement teeth fixed to the base. Clasps attach to the patient’s natural teeth to hold the partial in place.
Conventional — When it is necessary or better to replace all of the teeth. This is done on the same day as tooth removal or over a series of days.
Immediate — Partial or complete dentures that are inserted the same day of the removal of natural teeth.
Classic Dental Arts also offers All-on-4 dentures as well as snap-on dentures. The All-on-4 dentures are best for patients who lack the bone density needed for standard implants. Dentures Specialist, Dr. Karas, is involved with the Denture Relief Clinics of America, a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate those who are suffering from issues related to dentures, partials, and missing teeth about the many new alternatives available to them. To find out more, visit denturereliefcenter.com/classicdentalarts.
Why Get Dentures?
When the patient has a number of missing or deteriorated teeth, dentures may be needed for several reasons:
- Dentures support lips and cheeks, preventing the face from sagging, which can often cause a person to look older than she or he really is.
- Missing teeth can alter a person’s speech, and dentures can help prevent that.
- When a number of teeth are missing, those teeth that remain tend to drift toward the gap. Teeth in the jaw above or below the gap can drift, causing stress on the jaws.
- Chewing is adversely affected by missing teeth, which is corrected by dentures.
- Remaining teeth are easier to clean, which means gum disease and tooth decay are less likely to occur.
- Dentures restore a natural smile.
How Are Dentures Maintained?
As with any man-made device, dentures need a certain amount of maintenance over time. Dentures will need to be resurfaced to ensure they remain in contact with the soft tissues of the mouth. A common maintenance procedure after wearing dentures for a year is what is called a “rebase” — replacement of the pink acrylic part of the denture.
Sometimes, a sore spot can develop that is corrected with an adjustment.