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Dentures and Dental Implants Facts:
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
When we talk about dentures and dental implants,
we usually divide complete dentures into two types: “conventional” and “immediate.”
Once a patient has their teeth removed and the gum tissue begins to heal, dental professionals start creating conventional dentures. After approximately eight to 12 weeks post teeth removal, these dentures typically become ready for placement in the patient’s mouth.
On the other hand, immediate dentures stand out from conventional ones because dentists create them in advance. As soon as the patient has their teeth removed, dentists can place these pre-made dentures. This way, the patient doesn’t have to experience a period without teeth during healing.
However, bear in mind that bones and gums often shrink over time, especially during the healing period after tooth removal. This tendency brings a challenge to immediate dentures. They need more frequent adjustments for a proper fit during the healing process compared to conventional dentures.
Therefore, dental professionals often regard these dentures as a temporary solution until they can manufacture conventional dentures. For more details about various types of Dentures and Dental Implants, see the information below.
A removable partial denture or bridge usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base. Sometimes these are connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth.
Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw.
A fixed bridge replaces one or more teeth by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the space and attaching artificial teeth to them. This “bridge” is then cemented into place. Not only does a partial denture fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from changing position. A precision partial denture is removable and has internal attachments rather than clasps that attach to the adjacent crowns. This is a more natural-looking appliance.
A surgical procedure where the tooth root is replaced with a metal screw that can support the addition of a crown, bridge, dentures or other restorations.
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