Dentist in Hendon


Partial or Total Dentures

What are Dentures?

A removable denture can restore missing teeth and supporting tissues. Complete and partial dentures are the two types of dentures that are offered. When all of the teeth are lost, complete dentures are utilized; when some natural teeth are still present, partial dentures are.

Total Dentures

Complete dentures might be “immediate” or “conventional.” A typical denture is prepared for use in the mouth about eight to twelve weeks after the teeth have been extracted and the gum tissue has started to recover.

Immediate dentures, in contrast to traditional dentures, are prepared beforehand and can be put in place as soon as the teeth are extracted. The wearer need not go without teeth during the healing process as a result. However, over time, particularly during the recovery phase after tooth removal, bones and gums atrophy.

Therefore, compared to conventional dentures, immediate dentures have the drawback of requiring more alterations to fit comfortably during the healing process and, in general, should only be used as a temporary fix until conventional dentures can be constructed.

Partial Dentures

Replacement teeth are typically fastened to a pink or gum-colored plastic foundation in a detachable partial denture or bridge. Occasionally, a metal framework maintains the denture in place in the mouth. When one or more natural teeth are still present in the upper jaw or lower jaw, partial dentures are used. By crowning the teeth on either side of the gap and affixing prosthetic teeth to them, a fixed bridge replaces one or more missing teeth. The “bridge” is then affixed with cement.

A partial denture not only covers the holes left by lost teeth, but also keeps other teeth from shifting position. A precision partial denture includes internal attachments rather than clasps that fasten to the neighboring crowns and is detachable. This is a more natural-looking appliance.

Are there alternatives to Dentures?

Yes, cemented bridges can be supported by dental implants, doing away with the necessity for dentures. Although the cost is typically higher, the implants and bridges feel more like natural teeth. Dentures are increasingly being replaced by dental implants, but not everyone is a candidate.

Dentures may potentially be supported with dental implants, which would provide extra stability.

Inquire with your dentist for guidance on implants.

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