Denture is the medical term used to define a detachable, artificial tooth, aka a false tooth. There are both practical and cosmetic benefits to getting dentures, so they are not just offered as a way to correct smiles. In this post, we will briefly discuss everything one may need or want to know about dentures.
Complete dentures are only advised in extreme cases where the patient has lost most of their upper and lower set of teeth due to age/accident/disease. If a complete denture is indeed advised by the dentist as the best possible course to take, it means that the few remaining teeth are causing hindrance to the patient, and they must be removed first.
Whether the dentures will be applied right after the teeth are removed or post recovery, depends on how many teeth are left. If multiple teeth need to be removed first, or the loss of teeth was brought on by trauma, dentists will wait until the gums heal and reshape first.
If the patient does not need a full set of false teeth, but only one or more of them to fill in the gap(s) they have between their existing teeth, the dentist may advise that they get partial dentures. Both partial and complete dentures serve the following functions:
- Help people with missing teeth have a complete smile again.
- Help people with missing teeth to bite into their food and chew better.
- Stabilize the imbalance in dental alignment caused by one or more missing teeth.
- Prevent the gap(s) between teeth from getting wider.
- Prevent tooth shifting and loss of facial symmetry.
Do You Need Dentures?
Dentures are economic, but they are not the only solutions to missing teeth. If you have one or more teeth absent, you will need to consult a dentist to know for sure. For those in the spa town of Droitwich, contact this dentist in Droitwich online for more information about the subject and to book an appointment.
Denture Components and Structure
Generally, dentures consist of two parts, which are:
- The artificial tooth/teeth made from acrylic or porcelain.
- The framework made from nylon/acrylic/chrome cobalt.
The artificial teeth are permanently fixed onto the framework. The framework will clasp directly onto the patient’s gums if it is a full/complete denture. If it’s a partial denture, then the framework will most likely be clasped to the patient’s natural teeth surrounding the gap.
Measurements and Impressions
An impression of both gums will be taken first if the patient needs complete dentures. If they only need a particle denture, the impressions and measurements will remain limited to the gap’s locality.
After all measurements and impressions have been recorded, a replica made from wax will be used by the dentist to see how well it fits. If significant adjustments are necessary, then those adjustments will be marked as such and another wax replica will be manufactured accordingly. Once adjustments are no longer necessary, the actual dentures will be made in correspondence to the final model.
Depending on whether the denture will act as a complete or partial construct, how the measurements will be taken are variable. Nevertheless, every denture is unique as they are manufactured with minute personalization to only fit the intended individual.