DENTURES

There is evidence that dentures have been used to replace missing teeth since the 7th century BC. Some 2700 years later techniques and materials have improved, but we still use dentures to replace missing teeth because they are a simple and effective method of returning people to function.

Dentures are split into two categories: complete or partial.

DENTURES

Complete Dentures

As the name suggests these removable prosthetic devices are used for patients who have no teeth within their arch. They rest entirely on the gum and bony tissue of the jaw and rely on suction and old fashioned physics to hold them steady. In certain cases it may be desirable to place mini implants to hold the dentures more firmly in place.

Partial Dentures

These are removable devices that are used to replace missing teeth from a single tooth up to 13. They can either be mucosal borne, like a complete denture, or tooth borne. This depends on many factors and partial denture design is a science unto itself.

Partial dentures can be made from many different types of material but put into three broad categories.

  • Rigid plastic. These are akin to complete dentures and rely on the bone to hold them in.
  • Flexible Plastic. These are reliant on the bone to support them but with the additional security of clasp retention
  • Metal framed. TheseĀ use small projections to put weight through the remaining teeth spreading the load more effectively, in combination with clasps these dentures are usually more stable

The choice of material and cost can be discussed with your dentist, before commencing treatment. You can also discuss other treatment options such as Dental Implants.

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