Replace multiple teeth with Dentures
Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth, typically made from an acrylic resin, sometimes incorporating porcelain or metal for additional support. There are three main types of dentures, complete, partial, and overdentures, and all are finely crafted and custom-fitted.
If you’ve lost or are losing all of your teeth, a complete, or full arch, denture may be the solution for you. If some of your teeth remain and are healthy, a partial denture may be your path to a great smile. Lastly, an overdenture uses precision attachments in the tooth root to hold the denture in place.
There are two types of dentures: conventional and immediate. A conventional denture is made after the teeth are removed (if removal is necessary) and the gum tissue has begun to heal—it usually takes 8 to 12 weeks for a conventional denture to be ready for placement. Immediate dentures are fabricated prior to your teeth being removed (if removal is necessary) and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed.
A partial denture is made up of replacement teeth attached to a gum-coloured base. This is connected by a metal framework which holds your dentures in place. Partial dentures are used if you have one or more teeth remaining in the upper or lower jaw. An advantage of partial dentures is that it prevents other teeth from changing position.
An overdenture uses your remaining teeth as an anchor. The first step involves preparing the supporting teeth by removing the part of the tooth above the gum line. The next step is root canal treatment to prevent inflammation and infection. Abutments may be placed in the teeth to help secure the overdenture in place. Once this is done, impressions are taken and then sent to the lab to create the overdenture.
Looking after your dentures
If you properly maintain your dentures they will appear natural and provide a perfect smile. Additionally, dentures help strengthen muscles controlling your expressions that require the support of your teeth, rid you of pronunciation problems caused by missing teeth and aid with chewing.
At WhiteSmile Dental Care we provide our patients with a range of treatments to restore the form and function of their smile. If you are looking to replace your teeth our team of friendly and skilled dentists will work with you to discuss what the best option for your smile is.
Whether you are looking to get a dental bridge, dental implant or dentures, WhiteSmile Dental Care can help you.