Dentures are removable prosthesis made to replace missing teeth. They are supported by surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity. Total dentures, also called full dentures, replace all natural teeth and provide support to the cheeks and lips. By replacing missing teeth, dentures not only support sagging facial muscles, but also improve a person’s ability to speak and eat. Total prostheses are divided into two categories.
Conventional prostheses are made and placed after the remaining teeth have been extracted and the tissues have healed. Immediately after removal of the remaining teeth, the prostheses are placed. The advantage of this type of prosthesis is that the patient does not remain toothless during the healing period
A removable denture fills the gap created by missing teeth and enhances your smile. A removable denture usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a metal frame and fastened to pink or gum-colored plastic bases with metal clasps or delicate attachments attached to your natural teeth. While precision attachments are almost invisible, they usually require crowns on your natural teeth for a precise fit and are usually more expensive than those with metal buckles.
Implant Supported Prostheses
Dentures are a way of replacing missing teeth, so you can functionally chew your food and have a pleasant smile. However, since the prostheses sit in the mouth on the gums, there are no tooth roots to anchor and stimulate bone growth and strengthen the jawbone. This leads to bone loss, gingival recession, changes in the shape and profile of the face, and periodontal disease.
In addition to the physical changes they cause to your face, removable prostheses often need to be resized, cause friction related sores in the mouth, they slide and can impair your ability to speak clearly.