A denture replaces missing teeth and adjacent tissues. Unlike dental implants, a denture is removable. Made of resin and porcelain, complete dentures are used to replace all the teeth. When some healthy teeth remain, a partial denture can be used. A partial denture also keeps the remaining healthy teeth from shifting positions in the mouth.
Dentures made by a cosmetic dentist do more than replace the teeth. They are fit "neuromuscularly," meaning that they are precision-fit to provide the most optimum position for your jaw and bite, assuring comfort. Full and partial dentures improve chewing ability and speech, and support facial muscles. Dentures also enhance appearance.
Benefits of Dentures
- Prevents existing teeth from drifting into surrounding space of the missing teeth.
- Teeth out of position can damage tissues in the mouth.
- Helps to chew food.
Complete dentures or Full dentures are used when all the teeth are missing . Complete dentures can be either "conventional" or "immediate". The framework of complete dentures may be made of resin, metal or a combination.
Implant supported overdentures are an alternate to conventional dentures whereby a full dentures is placed over the dental implants with metal bar/balls that gives better retention.
Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A removable partial denture usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is connected by metal clasps or precision attachments that holds the denture in place in the mouth. Precision attachments are generally more esthetic than metal clasps and they are nearly invisible.