Dentures Installation in Restorative Dentistry
Missing a tooth or more is great discomfort. For one, it takes some time before you properly adjust to having your teeth missing. Patients with a single tooth missing have an easier time adjusting than those with several missing. Since multiple missing teeth is still an oral problem that people in the world experience, dentistry has several solutions to address the issue, ranging from dental bridges to dentures.
What Are Dentures?
They are a set of artificial teeth attached to a gum-like material to replace missing teeth. In restorative dentistry, dentures are used for the replacement of multiple missing teeth. Over the years, they were commonly used on elderly people who had lost all teeth due to age. However, modern dentistry has improved the types of dentures available, making them versatile for use by people of different ages.
Types of Dentures
The types of dentures vary depending on the needs of the patients. They include the following:
- Complete dentures – are dentures used in complete teeth restoration. They feature all types of teeth to be used in the mouth of a patient who has all the teeth missing. These dentures can be offered in different capacities as is below:
- Immediate dentures – the replacement teeth are pre-made and available for all patients. Once you visit your dentist with the need, you can leave the dental facility with your dentures already in place. The advantage of these types of dentures is that you do not have to go a single day without any teeth.
- Conventional dentures – are the types that have to be created after diagnosis. Your dentist must take impressions of your gums to come up with a customized solution for your needs. This means that you need several dental visits before you have your dentures ready. The advantage of these dentures is that they offer perfection when it comes to the fit. This is their advantage over immediate dentures. The reason is that, as the conventional dentures are manufactured, your gums are allowed ample time to heal. Since healing sometimes results in shrinkage of the gum tissue, this aspect will be accounted for on the final fit of your dentures.
- Partial dentures – they are used for replacing several missing teeth. They differ from complete dentures in that the patient must have other natural teeth remaining. Partial dentures are supported by metal frameworks that help hold them in place.
Types of Dentures Materials
There are a couple of materials you can opt for when getting dentures, based on your preference. They include the following:
- Acrylic resin – it features a special type of plastic. It has become one of the most commonly used materials in oral dentures for restorative dentistry. The benefits of this material are that it is comfortable for patients to wear, and easiest to adjust. It, therefore, offers the best fit into the desired spaces of the mouth. It’s longevity, however, stretches up to 5 years, depending on how well you take care of them.
- Porcelain – this material for dentures is loved because of its sturdiness and durability. It features a translucent material that enhances the appearance of dentures, giving you a natural-looking smile. They are a sturdy material that lasts longer than acrylic resin, especially thanks to the inclusion of heat during preparation. However, because of this sturdiness, they can wear down natural teeth. It explains why the material is mostly preferred for complete dentures rather than partial ones.
- Partial metal dentures – they include the use of a metal framework at the base. This is then used alongside resin or composite replacement teeth, giving you a natural smile. They, however, cost more than other types of materials.
Partial Dentures for Back & Front Teeth
There are different types of partial dentures. The differences allow them to be versatile for use in the back and front teeth during teeth replacement.
- Cast metal partial denture – dental crows and a metal framework are the components of these dentures. The metal clasps on the dental crowns to offer support. They are, however, covered by the gum-like base. However, they are visible when you smile, making them best for back teeth.
- Flexible partial dentures – are lightweight and comfortable to wear, featuring a nylon material. They are great for front teeth because of the comfort and flexibility of the dentures.