What is a denture?
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Dentures are made to resemble your natural teeth so there should be no noticeable change to your appearance. In fact, dentures may even improve your smile!
Types of Dentures
There are two types of dentures available, including partial and complete dentures.
Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain, while complete dentures are used to completely replace all teeth.
Complete Dentures - Removable appliance
This restoration method is used to restore your smile and mouth function if all your teeth have been lost. The dentures are custom created to resemble natural teeth and are positioned into a patients mouth to take the place of where the natural teeth used to be. Complete dentures are removable and may require adjustments in order to create a proper fit with the gums and mouth.
Partial Dentures - Removable appliance
A removable partial denture is a device used when one or more natural teeth still remain in the upper or lower jaw. They usually consist of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic base which is held in place in the mouth.
A fixed partial denture (Bridge)
acts the same as a removable denture, but it is cemented into place using the adjacent teeth for support. This fills the space created by missing teeth, as well as creates a support for remaining teeth to prevent shifting.
Step of Denture Fabrication
1. Impression - record of teeth is done to get good fitting dentures.
2. Bite record - Record of teeth in recorded on a temporary plate in biting position to ensure correct bite of the denture.
3. Teeth Tryin - Teeth are setup on a temporary plate to check for denture's fit and bite.
4. Insert - Denture is processed to finish by replacing the temporary plate with acrylic. Size, shape, color and position of teeth will remain the same from tryin appointment. Only the plate underneath it is changed to acrylic.
5. Adjustments may be necessary for a new denture.