Dentures are prostheses used to substitute for lost teeth. They are attached to the teeth gaps by attaching them to the soft or hard tissues of the mouth cavity. Traditional dentures vary in type ranging from partial or full, the type of bonding to be used, and place to be attached. Partial dentures replace some missing teeth, while full dentures are used to replace a complete set of teeth. Visit us at Camas Dentistry to have your missing teeth replaced.
What are Complete and Partial Dentures?
Dentures are mainly classified into two categories: complete and partial. Complete dentures are artificial teeth that replace the oral cavity tissues, gums, and teeth. It is a removable dental prosthesis used when one has lost all teeth due to extraction. The oral mucosa entirely supports it. Complete dentures come in two varieties, conventional and immediate. With traditional dentures, you need to wait for a couple of weeks before placement in order for the gums to heal completely.
On the other hand, immediate dentures are placed immediately after the teeth have been extracted, as they are made before the extraction. This means that the patient still has teeth through the healing process. However, due to shrinkage over time, as the gums heal, immediate dentures must be continually readjusted to fit the mouth well. For this reason, immediate dentures should be recommended temporarily as the patient awaits conventional dentures.
Partial dentures are also referred to as removable partial dentures. They are used on a few missing teeth gaps and weak teeth that cannot support other dental prostheses, such as a bridge. Partial dentures are only used when some teeth remain and held into place by a metal structure in the oral cavity. Partial dentures could either be fixed or removable. Fixed partial dentures are permanent and replace missing teeth when teeth on either side of the gap are strong enough. Fixed partial dentures are bridges supported by implants and use nearby teeth as abutments or support structures.
Removable partial dentures replace some missing teeth and consist of pontics bonded to a plastic base colored like natural gums. Removable partial dentures can be removed and replaced and are advisable for patients who do not qualify for a permanent implant bridge. Removable partial dentures also help restore the function and aesthetic function of teeth.
Caring for Dentures
Dentures should be cleaned every day as you would your natural teeth. This prevents bacteria, plaque, and tartar build-up which cause discoloration, halitosis, and gum infections. This denture build-up could spread to surrounding teeth and cause possible damage. Removable dentures should be removed and run through water to rinse off debris. Using a soft denture toothbrush and denture cleanser, brush gently on all surfaces, including the clasps.
One should be careful not to bend the plastic or attachments. Dentures should be worn after brushing one’s teeth and massaging the gums. Removable dentures should be placed in warm water only to avoid tainting the metal during bedtime. Soaking in water also retains them from drying and warping. Dentures are also prone to breakage if dropped so they should be handled carefully.
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