If you’re missing any teeth, dentures are an affordable way to restore your smile. Modern false teeth should look natural and feel comfortable. A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available: complete and partial dentures.
Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
A removable partial denture or bridge usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth.
Partial dentures offer are movable alternative to bridges.
Although the metal clasps are designed to be as inconspicuous as possible, they may still be visible when you talk, depending on their position. Partial denture clips can be made from a tooth-coloured material, but this isn?t as strong as metal.
Partial dentures are traditionally made from rigid materials like acrylic or metal. Partial dentures, at times, are an alternative in replacing missing teeth. Their one major esthetic failing is the need to use clasps for direct retention.
Unlike conventional acrylic dentures which rely on metal claps and wires to hook on to the remaining teeth, precision attachment dentures make use of a lock and key concept. Clasps can be renounced.
The telescopic denture consists of:
-the primary crowns or caps made of precious or non precious dental alloys that will be cemented on the prepped teeth
-the secondary crowns (dental alloys) that are slipping over the primary caps and thus maintaining the bridge through sliding friction tight on the teeth. The secondary crowns have facings (surfaces) of acrylic resin with ceramic filler
(the framework made out of non precious dental alloy is embedded in plastic (acrylic resin) and supports the acrylic teeth which will replace the own missing teeth. )
If you are missing all your teeth than you will need a complete set of replacement teeth. A full denture is placed in your mouth after any remaining teeth are removed.
With full dentures, the artificial teeth are fixed to a plate which sits snugly over your gums and in the case of an upper denture on the roof of your mouth. This plate is usually made from a gum-coloured acrylic material, but the inner part can be made from metal.
When the base fits well, natural suction keeps it in place. But over time, your jaw bone changes shape and the plate will eventually become loose. False teeth glue can be used to keep it in place for a while, and a soft liner made from silicone can keep older appliances feeling comfortable for longer, but after some years you’ll need to get a new set of teeth from your dentist or have your existing set relined.
Do you have any questions?
Additional information and answers to typical questions about dentures can be found on our FAQ page.