Dentures from Dove Dental in Cambridge

 

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.
  • Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures can be either "conventional" or "immediate." Made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal, a conventional denture is ready for placement in the mouth about 4 to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed.

Unlike conventional dentures, immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. As a result, the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.

Bones and gums shrink over time, especially during the healing period following tooth removal, therefore a disadvantage of immediate dentures compared with conventional dentures is that they require more adjustments to fit properly during the healing process and generally should only be considered a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made.

Partial Dentures

A removable partial denture consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum- coloured plastic base, which is connected to the existing teeth by clasps of the metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth.

A partial denture can be part of a combined solution. In this case the fixed bridge contains the invisible elements (precision attached denture) that keep the denture in stable position. The only removable part of this solution is the partial denture because the bridge is fitted to the teeth permanently. The partial denture has to be removed only for cleaning.

Is there an alternative to dentures?

Yes, dental implants can be used to support permanently cemented bridges, eliminating the need for a denture. The cost is usually bigger, but the implants and bridges resemble more closely to when having real teeth. Dental implants are becoming the alternative to dentures but not everyone is a suitable candidate for implants. Consult your dentist for advice.

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