Living with missing teeth can be quite a task for many people. Not only will the missing teeth make it difficult to eat or speak, but they can have a devastating effect on an individual’s self-esteem. Fortunately, with advanced dental technology, there are excellent options available for the replacement of teeth. Dentures are one such option. Modern dentures are solid, more natural-looking, durable, and convenient.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are removable or fixed sets of prosthetic teeth that are designed for patients with multiple missing teeth. They are fabricated using unique materials and consist of a gum attachment with several artificial teeth mounted over it. Porcelain or composite resin materials are generally used to make artificial teeth on dentures. These materials are tooth-colored and closely resemble natural teeth. As for the gum attachment, it is made from a flexible polymer material that makes it feel and look like natural gum tissue. Dr. Kevin D. Fong, DDS could recommend a complete or partial denture, depending on the number of teeth to be replaced.
What Are the Different Types of Dentures?
Dentures are categorized based on their uses in replacing missing teeth.
These dentures consist of a complete set of upper and/or lower artificial teeth permanently attached to a gum-colored acrylic base. The teeth are usually made from either acrylic or porcelain. A conventional denture rests directly on the wearer’s gums and is helped by the natural suction to hold dentures in place. To keep the appliances in place more firmly, special adhesives could be used. Conventional dentures are removable. They should be removed by the patient and soaked in a cleaning solution overnight.
A partial denture is a natural-looking and removable dental appliance. It helps in restoring the function and look of your jaw by replacing one or several missing teeth with artificial ones. Partial dentures are made from metal and acrylic materials that provide strength and durability to handle your needs for eating and speaking while looking natural. For partial dentures, the patient should have some natural teeth remaining.
Immediate dentures are made in advance and fixed in place as soon as the original teeth are extracted. This allows the patient to wear temporary dentures during the healing period before getting fitted with the permanent dentures. They require more adjustments to work correctly and generally should only be considered a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made.
Implant-supported dentures are anchored to your jawbone with the help of dental implants. These dentures are more stable as they are held firmly in place by implants, which are fixed restorations.
Call Dr. Kevin D. Fong, DDS at phone number (510) 783-1572 or schedule an online appointment. Email us at: [email protected] to know more about dentures.