Types of Dentures, and how to clean and maintain them.
Though dentures do not provide the ideal remedy for missing teeth (of all the treatments available, dental implants must take that honor), they still offer a very effective method of restoring dental functionality. Vastly experienced, our team of dental specialists provides dentures that are comfortable to wear, natural-looking and help you regain your ability to bite and chew with extreme ease.
Dentures are custom-made dental appliances that replace an individual’s missing teeth to restore their lost oral functions and enhancing their appearance. Depending on, whether the person has lost all of their teeth in one or both the arches, or a few of them, they may need complete or partial dentures.
Used when a person is missing all of their teeth, in either the bottom or top arch or both, complete dentures provide a cost-effective way to restore normal oral functions – biting and chewing – in addition to improving the person’s appearance.
Dentures are not the preferred solution to missing teeth these days, with other options – namely dental implants and bridges – finding increasing acceptability among people. However, dentures do serve a useful purpose, and can help you perform routine oral activities by replacing your missing tooth/teeth.
There exist two basic versions of complete dentures:
- Immediate DenturesThese are dentures that are created before your teeth have been extracted, so that they can be inserted immediately after the teeth are removed. Immediate dentures are usually viewed as transitional dentures because of their limited functionality and esthetics. Requiring a great deal of post-insertion adjustment, they have to be repeatedly refitted with a reline material for about 9 months. After 9 months have been completed the reline material is removed to reline the dentures with the Acrylic that makes the rest of the set.
- Conventional DenturesThese are made once your gums have healed after the teeth have been removed – it usually takes 2-3 months for the gums to completely heal from the strainof teeth extraction. Conventional dentures provide superior oral functions and esthetics. However, even they require relining for 9-12 months, because of gum shrinkage in post-extraction patients.
Partial dentures are used to replace one or more missing teeth from either the bottom or top arch or both. Two versions of partial dental plates/dentures are recognized:
- Cast Metal partial denturesThese partial dentures have cast metal frameworks that are usually made from chrome cobalt alloys. The denture’s framework is cast to perfectly fit your teeth. Because of their near perfect alignment Cast Metal dentures are considered highly stable and retentive. A big plus offered by these dentures is that sore spots are rarely an issue as the framework does not make any significant contact with the gums. Slight alterations to the teeth might be required to ensure that the dentures rest upon them without causing any interference to the way you bite and chew your food.
- Flexite partial denturesMade of a nylon-based thermoplastic, partial removable dentures of the Flexite brand are flexible, comfortable and long-lasting. These dentures blend naturally with your gums. In fact Flexite dentures appear so natural that its difficult to tell them apart from natural pearly whites. They offer the durability of cast metal partials, while being extremely flexible, and enjoy great popularity among dentists and their patients alike.
Dentures in Plano
We fabricate both complete and partial dental dentures of the highest quality. Many people have benefitted from our unwavering commitment to their oral care. Get your dentures today to start enjoying the numerous pleasures of having a full set of teeth.