Dentures refer to several different types of prosthetic teeth, including fixed partial denture, the removable partial denture, the removable full denture, and fixed full set of dentures. The removable dentures can easily be taken in and out by the patient, whereas the fixed dentures can only be removed at the dental office.
Fixed Partial Denture
Fixed partial denture (FPDs) is commonly called a “bridge”. Fixed partial denture is a way to replace a single or multiple teeth that are close together with a fixed prosthesis. Read more about Dental Bridges
Partial Denture (Cast Metal Partial Denture, Dental Flipper)
Partial Dentures are removable appliances that are held in place by clasps that fit around some of the remaining teeth. Partial denture helps restore the form and function of your jaw by replacing one or several missing teeth. Partial dentures are some cases made entirely from acrylic, but usually they are made from a combination of metal and acrylic for better durability and structural integrity. Acrylic-based cast metal partial dentures are attached with clasps connected to crowns. They are strong, sturdy, and long-lasting. On the other hand, a dental flipper is thin, and easily breakable. Dental flippers are used as temporary fix until the final denture is ready.Partial Dentures are removable appliances that are held in place by clasps that fit around some of the remaining teeth. Partial denture helps restore the form and function of your jaw by replacing one or several missing teeth. Partial dentures are some cases made entirely from acrylic, but usually they are made from a combination of metal and acrylic for better durability and structural integrity. Acrylic-based cast metal partial dentures are attached with clasps connected to crowns. They are strong, sturdy, and long-lasting. On the other hand, a dental flipper is thin, and easily breakable. Dental flippers are used as temporary fix until the final denture is ready.
Flexible Partial Denture (Valplast)
When several teeth in an arch are missing, a flexible partial denture is a good treatment for replacing them. Flexible partial dentures are removable appliances that are held in place by gum-colored clasps that fit around the remaining teeth, and they don’t require denture adhesive or metal clasps to hold them in place. The Flexible partial dentures also provide an option for cosmetic improvement, such as covering areas where natural gum tissue have receded and/or partially exposed tooth roots. Flexible partial dentures must be removed and cleaned thoroughly as they are more prone to bacteria build up than other rigid base dentures.
Precision Partial Denture
Precision partial dentures are removable appliances that are held in place by special attachments that are fitted to your teeth. Precision partial dentures are used where fixed restoration cannot be used due to patient oral conditions. The procedure also requires stable abutments (adjacent teeth). The success of prevision partial denture depends on creating an ideal architecture for the mouth, conforming to biomechanics between the teeth and the gingiva (gums) and the underlying bone.
When you’re missing most or all of your upper or lower teeth, you have several choices for replacing them. Depending on your situation, we can create a conventional denture or an overdenture, or we can place implants and use them to secure a full denture or other restorations.
Traditional Dentures VS Overture Dentures
For full set dentures, modern dentistry often recommend fixed full denture (implant-supported dentures) than removable full dentures. Removable full dentures could accelerate bone loss in the jaw which occurs after tooth loss. Removable full dentures is also less convenient to use as it is instable in the mouth and the wearer often have to constantly adjust and be extra careful when eating/chewing or speaking. Implant supported dentures are anchored firmly into the living bone tissue. The firm anchorages form a strong solid foundation for fixed dentures. The dental implants provide the stimulation and support needed to prevent bone from being lost. If fact, implants are made with titanium material, which has remarkable osseophilic (bone-loving) properties. The bone in your jaw will eventually fuse to the implant. And because dentures are attached to implants, wearers don’t have to worry about constant adjusting or slipping while eating, chewing, or speaking
Overdenture (Implant Supported Dentures)
When you need dentures, the way to achieve a strong bite is with an overdenture. An overdenture uses your remaining teeth to support the denture. Using your own teeth to hold the denture in place helps the denture feel more secure and natural. In addition, because your natural teeth are retained, the overdenture slows the loss of jawbone that naturally occurs when teeth are lost. Making overdenture usually involves series of steps and appointments. While the making process of overdenture varies in each case, the first step is to prepare the supporting teeth by removing the portion above the gumline.
An immediate denture is one that is placed on the same day that the teeth are removed. It is a good interim treatment (short-term treatment) when all of your upper or lower teeth must be removed. The process of making varies in each case, and it usually involves a series of appointment. An accurate model is made of your mouth before any teeth are removed. Then the model is modified to match the shape your gums will be after the teeth have been removed. The dental lab uses this model to create your immediate dentures.
Immediate Dentures have several advantages. They protect your gums and help control bleeding after the teeth have been removed. You won’t need to worry about the appearance or to learn how to eat and speak without teeth as you will be leaving the dental office with immediate dentures on the day the teeth have been removed. Dentures will also support your cheeks and lips for a more natural look.