WHAT IS A DENTURE?
A denture is a removable oral prosthesis that replaces missing teeth. Complete dentures
replace all the teeth, while a partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and
prevents remaining teeth from changing position. Dentures have several names: false teeth, artificial teeth, oral prosthetic devices, complete
dentures, full dentures, removable dental appliance, upper denture, lower denture, implants,
implant dentures, immediate denture, conventional denture, partial denture, flipper and
sometimes incorrectly, a bridge. A bridge replaces missing teeth but is not removable so would
not be classified as a type of denture. Regardless of the variety of names for dentures, there are
four basic types of dentures: Full Dentures; Partial Dentures, Immediate Dentures and Implant
DIFFERENT TYPES OF DENTURES
Full Denture: This type of denture is for individuals missing all of their natural teeth or all of their upper or all of their lower teeth. This denture can be a full upper denture to replace missing teeth on the upper ridge only or a full lower denture to replace missing teeth on the lower ridge only, and, of course, complete upper and lower dentures are for anyone who is missing all of their natural teeth.
Partial Denture: If one or more teeth are missing, it is possible to replace them with a removable partial denture. Partial dentures are made from different materials: a metal skeleton with an acrylic base containing the false or artificial teeth covering the metal; a full acrylic base containing the false or artificial teeth; or a flexible base which contains the false or artificial teeth. Some partial dentures have tooth colored clasps. A flipper denture is a partial denture that is usually made with an acrylic base and replaces one or two anterior teeth.
Immediate Denture: When the need for a full or partial denture is necessary, it is possible to have a denture fabricated before extractions. This denture can then be seated immediately after the natural teeth are extracted; thus the name immediate denture. This affords several benefits for the patient, who is a candidate for complete dentures as well as full lower dentures, full upper dentures, or partial dentures.
Implant Dentures: An Implant denture can be a full or partial denture that is attached to titanium abutments which have been implanted into the bony tissue of the ridge by an oral surgeon. There are different methods for implant dentures; there are methods that allow the denture to be seated immediately after the surgical implant, thus immediate dentures; and there are methods that require the denture patient to wait several weeks in order for the tissue to heal before seating the denture. During this healing time patients are often fitted with temporary or transitional dentures. An implant for one tooth would be considered a tooth implant or a crown implant and would not be considered an implant denture.
WEARING A NEW DENTURE
Learning to wear a new denture, whether it is a replacement new denture for an experienced denture wearer, an immediate denture or a denture placement after a waiting period from previous extractions can take time. Even the best-fitting denture may feel strange and awkward at first. Common experiences with new dentures may include:
Changes in speech
Minor irritation or soreness
Increase in saliva flow
Discomfort in the denture fit - often too loose
HOW LONG WILL A DENTURE LAST?
Dentures are a tool and will wear out. Also, a denture is designed and fabricated to fit at a particular time in one's life. With the passing of time oral anatomy changes considerably and dentures will become worn. That is why denturists recommend yearly oral examinations to ensure quality oral health and to evaluate the denture's effectiveness and aesthetic appearance. It is recommended that between five to ten years an individual should consider replacing their denture. This recommendation is, of course, relevant to the individual.
WHAT IS A DENTURE RELINE?
A denture reline fills in the spaces between the acrylic part of a denture and the natural ridge upon which the denture sits. This process is most often necessary when a patient receives an immediate full denture or immediate partial denture. The natural ridge from which the teeth are removed changes drastically after extractions and will resorb rapidly and continue for several months; in most cases the immediate denture will lose its fit. Also, since this resorption is a natural aging process and could likely cause the denture to be less efficient over time a reline is often necessary before the need for a new denture is required. Fortunately, denturists actually reline dentures making the fee for relines affordable since there are no outside cost markups. Denture relines are often completed in one day or less.
CAN DENTURES BE REPAIRED IF BROKEN?
Yes, most all full or acrylic partial dentures can be repaired if broken. Denturists repair dentures every day that have been dropped, stepped on or damaged by family pets. Even though some damage is beyond repair, denturists can repair most damaged dentures very satisfactorily. Denturists can often repair a denture while the patient waits and fees for a denture repair are most often very affordable and relevant to the type of damage. Since dentures are repaired in the denturist's office requiring no outside cost markups fees are affordable.
WHERE CAN SOMEONE FIND AFFORDABLE, QUALITY DENTURES?
When seeking a provider in order to receive new dentures, replacement dentures or for
adjustments, repairs or relines on dentures it is wise to seek a professional who provides quality
dentures and denture services that are affordable, not cheap. Cheap dentures are just that, cheap and can ultimately cost more than seeking a provider who is the educated experienced
denture specialists who provides affordable quality denture services.
WHY CHOOSE A DENTURIST?
Denturists know dentures. They are the only dental professional educated and licensed exclusively to provide patients with dentures. Their practices are devoted to creating dentures that fit well, look attractive and allow patients to maintain a healthy mouth. They provide low cost quality dentures that focus on comfort and fit and give careful attention to every detail. Denture work is done at the denturist's office which also provides a low cost avenue for regular denture maintenance such as professional cleanings, routine denture adjustments and denture relines. Not only does this allow for a low cost affordable choice it also allows this quality care to be constant and personal and time efficient.
Choosing a denturist for denture services will assure that a patient will receive personalized confidential quality and professional service, and be surprised at the affordability. The attention to detail and the warm personal service will make a visit to a denturist enjoyable.