Removable dentures (sometimes referred to as false teeth or plates) are a common treatment alternative for missing teeth. They are versatile in their ability to replace any number of missing teeth and to fill out the contours of the face and lips, which shrink inward when multiple teeth are lost.
Typically the denture base is made of acrylic plastic that can be tinted to match the patient’s natural gum tissues. The prosthetic teeth projecting from the base are designed to look and function just like your natural teeth.
Complete and Partial dentures can be given as a temporary means of teeth replacement until a permanent treatment alternative is availed.
Partial removable dentures are held in place in the mouth by wire clasps and/or other means of attachment to the remaining natural teeth. It is prudent to explore other permanent replacement treatment options, like bridges or dental implants.
Complete removable dentures are held in place by “suction cup effect”, and the patient’s controlled use of their tongue and facial muscles. At first, wearing dentures may require some time to get used to in terms of talking and eating, as the dentures become “balanced” in the space formerly occupied by the teeth. Learning to function with complete removable dentures can be a challenge, as with any prosthetic device.
Dentures also help support the facial skeleton and the soft tissues of the lips and cheeks, which can help create a more youthful appearance. Dental implants can also be used to help stabilize dentures, and often significantly improve a patient’s quality of life.
Immediate Dentures: These are usually a temporary means of helping you transition to successful denture wearing. And help to avoid teeth less look during healing time after extractions
Conventional Full Dentures: These are permanent dentures that customized to your mouth with near-perfect accuracy and meant for a long term usage
Implant-Supported Overdentures: To increase the stability of a lower or upper denture, it's possible for it to be securely anchored using two or more dental implants. This option offers a great balance of comfort, functionality and value.
Transitional Partial Dentures: These relatively inexpensive removable plastic dentures serve as a temporary tooth replacement and space maintainer as you wait for your mouth to heal from tooth extraction, for example. Once the healing process is complete, dental implants can be placed.
Cast Partial Dentures (CPDs): Usually made of cast metal, these well-constructed, metal-based removable partial dentures are much lighter and less obtrusive than those made of plastic. They are a little more expensive than plastic dentures but will fit better. They are, however, much less expensive than implants or fixed bridgework.
Each denture is uniquely designed and fabricated based on the individual dental conditions.
Fabrication of Dentures takes multiple dental visits.
First dental visit: Dental impressions will be taken for both upper and lower dental arches.
Second dental visit: Final dental impressions will be taken and Final models are fabricated.
Third dental visit: will record the patient’s bite/occlusion. This procedure is called as bite registration.Then, the dentist will be selecting the shade of the artificial teeth based on patient’s original teeth shade.
Fourth dental visit: Trial dentures are tried in the patient’s mouth.
Fitting, stabilization, retention, phonetics and aesthetic of the trial denture are checked and adjusted as needed. After the try-in, the trial dentures will be sent to dental laboratory for the fabrication of final dentures.
Fifth dental visit: Dentist inserts the final dentures into the patient’s mouth.
Occlusion/bite of the patient is checked and adjusted as needed.
Instruction of proper denture care is given to the patient.
Sixth dental visit: After 1 week of denture insertion, the patient is called for a denture review.
Patient will be asked if there is any discomfort, pain or ulcers caused by the dentures.
Regular checkups and follow up is necessary