Complete Dentures and Partial Dentures
What are Partial Dentures?
Partial dentures consist of a framework or base that holds artificial teeth in place. This framework is typically made from a metal alloy or acrylic material and is designed to blend seamlessly with the surrounding natural teeth. The artificial teeth are carefully crafted to match the color, shape, and size of the patient's existing teeth, creating a natural-looking appearance.
What are Full Dentures?
Full dentures, also known as complete dentures, are dental prosthetic devices designed to replace all of the natural teeth in the upper or lower arch, or both, of a patient’s mouth. They are a comprehensive solution for individuals who have lost all of their teeth due to decay, gum disease, injury, or other oral health issues.
Full dentures are custom-made to fit the unique shape and contours of the patient’s mouth. They consist of an acrylic base that mimics the appearance of gum tissue and holds a set of artificial teeth in place. The base is carefully crafted to match the color and texture of natural gum tissue, providing a lifelike and aesthetic result.
These dentures are typically held in place using the natural suction between the denture base and the gums. However, denture adhesives or dental implants can also be used to enhance stability and retention.
Full dentures offer numerous benefits to individuals with complete tooth loss. They restore the ability to eat, speak, and smile confidently, improving overall oral function and quality of life. They also provide support to facial muscles, preventing the sunken appearance often associated with missing teeth.
Can dentures be repaired if they break?
Yes, dentures can often be repaired if they break. The repairability of dentures depends on the extent and nature of the damage. Here are some common scenarios:
- Denture base or framework: If the denture base or framework breaks, such as a fracture or a damaged clasp in a partial denture, it is usually possible to repair it. The dentist or dental laboratory technician can use dental acrylic or other appropriate materials to mend the broken area and restore the functionality of the denture.
- Denture teeth: If a denture tooth becomes dislodged or breaks, it can typically be repaired or replaced. The dentist can attach a new tooth to the denture base using dental adhesives or resin materials. In some cases, if the denture tooth cannot be reattached, a new tooth may need to be fabricated and then integrated into the denture.
It’s important to note that while denture repair is possible in many cases, the success of the repair may depend on the condition and age of the denture. If the denture has undergone multiple repairs or if it is significantly worn or damaged, the dentist may recommend considering a new denture instead of a repair.
What is the process for getting dentures?
The process for getting dentures typically involves several steps and visits to your denture clinic. Here is a general overview of the process: