These are dental devices that are used to replace some or all missing teeth. These prosthetic devices use the surrounding hard and soft tissues within the oral cavity to support them.
Complete Dentures are a type of dentures that are used to replace all missing teeth. The dentist usually recommends this type of Dentures for patients who have lost all of their teeth in a single arch, either the upper arch, called the Maxillary or the lower arch, called the Mandibular. In some cases, these dentures are recommended for patients who lost most or all of their teeth on both of these arches.
Complete Dentures normally comprises a flesh-coloured acrylic base fitting over the patient’s gums. The palate or the roof of the mouth will house the base of the upper denture. The lower denture is in the shape of a horseshoe to accommodate the tongue.
Complete dentures fall under two categories:
Denture fabrication has become simpler with advancement in intraoral scanning technology. Intraoral scanning is accurate with the improved quality of scanners. The dentures can be fabricated in just 2 or 3 steps thus making the appointments fewer and easy for elderly patients. With reduced visits, these dentures are well accepted besides the quality of fit.
Conventional Denture manufacturing process and the fitting of a denture in a patient’s mouth might take a few weeks. It also requires the patient in keeping a couple to up to five appointments with the Dentist, before the final denture is made and adjusted.
Initially, the impressions of the patient’s mouth are taken in order to make dentures. Preliminary steps record the extension of the patient's tissues to record for a perfect fit if dentures. Subsequently, the relation between upper arch and the lower arch is recorded using wax rims. The correct relation aids in proper speech, appearance and position of teeth. Based on this the teeth size is ordered and arranged accordingly. The dentist will then order a trial denture to be made by the manufacturer first. This will be tried in the patient’s mouth and the fit and appearance are examined closely. Once approved by the patient and the dentist the denture is fabricated and delivered.
Dentures, like any other prosthetic devices, do have its pros and cons.
Important Points To Consider for Dentures
Care of Dentures
Cost of Dentures
The denture cost usually depends on these factors:
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