Tooth loss is a common problem and while solutions include dental implants and dental bridges, these options are not suitable for everyone. This is where partial and full dentures can provide a good, cost-effective, non-invasive choice for replacing multiple missing teeth, or for restoring complete arches of teeth. If you are missing some teeth or know you have teeth that need to be removed, then you might have considered dentures.
What are Dentures?
Dentures are removable dental appliances. Multiple missing teeth may be restored using a partial denture. If you have complete tooth loss in either your upper or lower arch, or in both arches, you can have full or complete dentures. Full dentures and partials are fabricated using a gum colored acrylic base that supports natural looking denture teeth. Dentures are designed to rest on your gums, obtaining much of their support from the bony ridge that originally held your natural teeth.
Partial dentures can be extremely effective when missing teeth are not adjacent to each other and where they could not be replaced with a dental bridge. This option is also useful when the natural teeth adjacent to the missing teeth are not suitable for supporting a dental bridge. Often partial dentures will be strengthened with a lightweight metal frame made from cobalt chrome alloy. This framework helps to remove some of the bulk from a denture. Clasps made from wrought metal provide additional retention and are fitted around adjacent teeth. These clasps are designed to be as unobtrusive as possible, helping to hold a partial denture more securely in place.
Complete dentures restore a complete arch of teeth. A lower denture is constructed in a horseshoe shape, resting on the bony ridge that used to support your natural teeth. This ridge provides the retention for your denture, helping to keep it in place as you bite, chew, and speak. An upper denture is constructed slightly differently, covering up your upper palate. This is necessary to provide it with enough retention to stay firmly in position.
Why Consider Dentures?
Today’s dentures are very different from the dentures you may remember being worn by your parents or grandparents. Modern denture teeth come in a huge range of different shapes, sizes and colors. The acrylic base will be made in a shade chosen to blend in with your natural gums. The Smile Boutique Group can create beautiful, custom-made dentures that look real, designed to compliment your facial features, gender and skin tone. If you have lost multiple teeth or all the teeth in your upper or lower arch, then well-fitting dentures may help to rejuvenate your appearance. Often people who have lost all their teeth will find their facial features collapse inwards which can be prematurely aging. Well-designed and fitted dentures will provide the correct support for your facial muscles and will restore the proper dimensions between your upper and lower jaws.
Dentures vs Bridge Teeth
Dentures are removable whereas a dental bridge is firmly fixed in place. However, a bridge can only be constructed when missing teeth are adjacent to each other and these teeth must be strong enough to support a bridge. Some people might find a partial denture easier to care for than a dental bridge and it can be a cost-effective and non-invasive treatment choice.
Dentures vs Implants
Dental implants are a popular choice for restoring missing teeth, but this treatment does require a small surgical procedure which might not be suitable for everyone. Another treatment option combines dentures and implant solutions, using dental implants to stabilize dentures. If you are interested in dentures, then please contact the Smile Boutique Group to schedule an appointment with our dentures dentist.