Millions of people face tooth loss every year, but luckily there are several options in modern day dentistry to replace the teeth with treatments dental implants, fixed bridges and dentures.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available — complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
Dentures are false teeth made to replace teeth you have lost.Advances in dentistry have made many improvements in dentures. They are more natural looking and comfortable than they used to be.
Dentists advise all the patients to always rinse the dentures thoroughly under running water before any of the following. Missing teeth can result in bone loss and shrinkage of your jawbone over time. Soak dentures daily with an immersion cleaner following the manufacturer’s direction. Scrub dentures weekly with a thick mix of cleaner containing bleach. Rinse thoroughly when completed.
Types of dentures
Conventional - This full removable denture is made and placed in your mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed, which may take several months.
Immediate - This removable denture is inserted on the same day that the remaining teeth are removed. Your dentist will take measurements and make models of your jaw during a preliminary visit. You don’t have to be without teeth during the healing period, but may need to have the denture relined or remade after your jaw has healed.
Overdenture - Sometimes some of your teeth can be saved to preserve your jawbone and provide stability and support for the denture. An overdenture fits over a small number of remaining natural teeth after they have been prepared by your dentist. Implants can serve the same function, too.