Traditional & Partial Dentures
A denture is a customized replacement for a missing tooth. Advancements in dentistry have led to the development of dentures that are more comfortable and natural looking than ever.
Determining which type of denture is right for you
The dentists at All Dental Tampa in Florida, specialize in denture placement and have helped many patients restore their self-esteem and self-confidence by replacing missing teeth. In fact they take pride in providing some of the highest-quality dentures available. While many people still continue to believe that dentures are false teeth that were traditionally used by their grandparents, modern dentures are actually available in several different varieties. Your dentist can recommend one that suits your specific lifestyle and needs, regardless of the age factor. There are primarily two options in dentures available to patients.
- Traditional or complete dentures
- Partial dentures
Traditional dentures are typically utilized when a patient has lost all their teeth. On the other hand, partial dentures can help in replacing the few lost teeth. The type of dentures needed by a patient is usually determined during the initial consultation with the dentist. Let’s take a further look into both traditional dentures and partial dentures.
Traditional complete dentures
Traditional dentures or full dentures can best be described as a ‘detachable’ device used for replacing missing teeth in a patient. In complete dentures, the artificial teeth are constructed from acrylic or porcelain and bonded together with the help of a special acrylic base. While partial dentures work in a similar way, they are used to replace some missing teeth only (not the entire teeth structure).
The denture set is typically made once the teeth are removed from the patient’s mouth and healing of the gums has begun. A traditional denture will be ready to be placed inside the mouth in approximately 8 to 12 weeks following the removal of the teeth.
Traditional full dentures are a tried-and-true solution for tooth loss. Yet, they have evolved and are now quite different from the ancient dentures used by our grandparents. Although there has been little change in the basic concept of full dentures, the fabrication techniques and materials used for these dentures have significantly improved.
This means that dentures are now being designed and constructed from a range of different modern materials like acrylic and porcelain. It is also possible to create them in a manner so that they are almost indistinguishable from the wearer’s real teeth.
Partial dentures, as mentioned earlier, are used for replacing a few missing teeth and not the complete set. They typically comprise artificial teeth that are bonded to gum-colored or pink plastic bases. Each patient has individual needs and hence partial dentures are custom designed to meet those specific needs. Partial dentures usually have clasps and frameworks made of metal and are attached to the teeth. They may even come with other types of connectors which have a more natural appearance. Sometimes, ‘precision attachments’ are used for bonding partial dentures to the natural teeth of the patient. These attachments are more aesthetically appealing than clasps.
Some of the advantages of partial dentures include the following:
- They preserve the natural structure of the existing teeth
- The innovative design of partial dentures helps in the uniform distribution of chewing forces. This allows the teeth to remain free of strain
- They offer a customized, comfortable fit and a very natural appearance
- They help in enhancing eating and speech capabilities
What is the shelf-life of dentures?
It is natural for dentures, whether traditional or partial, to suffer some wear and tear. Hence, they may require some repair. For instance, rebasing is a common method of restoring the function and appearance of an existing denture. It involves making a fresh base while retaining the denture.
Further, as you continue to go through the natural aging process, your mouth also changes. This could cause the dentures to become loose, resulting in problems of chewing and even gum irritation. Therefore, it is recommended that all denture wearers must visit their dentist at least once a year for a routine checkup.
While speaking and eating with dentures might be a little hard in the beginning; you will definitely get used to your new teeth in just a little while. It is extremely vital to keep the dentures in a good condition and follow a proper daily cleaning routine. You should remove the dentures before sleeping at night as this will allow the gums to rest for a while. Store the dentures so as to ensure that they maintain their function and appearance for longer.
The dentist will give you a set of care instructions to follow after the denture placement. This will include brushing the dentures every day for removing plaque and food deposits and to avoid permanent staining. To find out more about dentures, contact us at All Dental Tampa today! You can also book a consultation with one of our dental professionals who are known for providing some of the best dentures available.