WHAT ARE DENTURES?
A denture is an acrylic mouthpiece that replaces natural teeth and fills out the face, so the lips and cheeks can retain their natural fullness.
Usually, a conventional denture is made after all teeth have been removed and the gums have finished healing. However, a patient can opt for an immediate or temporary denture, which can be inserted immediately after teeth extraction. This way, the patient doesn’t have to go toothless and can eat and chew before getting fitted with more permanent dentures.
Full and partial dentures are available, depending on how many teeth you are missing. Just like full dentures, partial dentures are fully removable. They are attached to your neighbouring teeth with a clasp, so it is usually stable enough to stay in place when you eat or chew. The prosthetic teeth are made of plastic, porcelain, or a combination of both substances. Dentures are also flexible enough to be temporarily used to maintain gums and spacing between existing teeth while waiting to get bridges or implants.
THE BENEFITS OF DENTURES
Most types of dentures may be removed, making it easier for cleaning and eliminating the danger of trapped food in the gums. There’s no need for dental surgery, and can be easily replaced if they are damaged or broken for any reason. They are also the ideal solution for many patients because:
- Dentures are far more affordable than implants
- Depending on the patient, dental implants can take anywhere between 3 to 6 months to integrate into the jawbone
- Habitual teeth grinders may not be suitable for dental implants
- The bones may have shrunk too much and cannot support the implant
- Pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or ingrained habits like smoking may impede bone integration and healing