Dentures & Partial Dentures in Magnolia, TX
Dentures are replacements for missing teeth; they can be extracted and replaced as well. It can take a long time to get used to dentures because they are not exactly the same as natural teeth. However, today’s dentures are more natural-looking and more comfortable than ever. There are two primary types of dentures: full and partials. The dentist must choose the type of denture that’s best for the patient, whether some or all of the teeth are going to be replaced, and the dentist must determine the procedure’s cost to the patient, as well.
When the full dentures are set, a flesh-colored acrylic base can be spread over your gums. The upper foundation denture covers the palate, the roof of the mouth, while the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate the patient’s tongue.
The dentures can be made and customized in a dental laboratory from impressions the dentist has taken of the patient’s mouth. The dentist must determine which of the three types of dentures are the best choice for the patient—full, upper or lower and either conventional or immediate.
Conventional Full Denture
Complete dentures can be either “conventional” or “immediate.” Once the teeth have been extracted, and the gum tissue has begun to heal, the patient has to wait 8 to 12 weeks. After this period, the patient’s mouth is healed and is ready for the setting of the conventional dentures. Immediate dentures, unlike conventional dentures, are made with previous intent and can be positioned in the mouth as soon as the dentist removes the teeth. One benefit is patients can use their immediate dentures during the healing process. But the jawbone and gums shrink over time, particularly, during the healing period following tooth extraction. The disadvantage is that immediate dentures, in comparison with conventional dentures, will require more adjustments to properly fit during the healing process. Therefore, the patient should only consider the immediate dentures as a temporary option until the conventional dentures can be fabricated.
The Partial Denture
Usually, a removable partial denture or bridge for a replacement tooth or teeth is a gum-colored plastic foundation, sometimes connected with a metal framework to properly hold the denture in the mouth. Patients can require a partial denture when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. A fixed bridge can be the ideal replacement; this is made by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of an empty space and bonding artificial teeth between them. This “bridge” is then cemented into the indicated area. Also, it prevents other teeth from changing position. A precision partial denture is extractable and has internal ligaments that bond with the adjacent crowns. This is a more natural-looking dental appliance.
How long do dentures last?
After a period of time, the patient’s denture could need to be realigned, remade or rebased because of daily wear. If the patient needs to rebase their denture, the dentist will make a new base while preserving the existing denture teeth. As we age the mouth naturally changes. These changes can lead the dentures to weaken and make chewing difficult. Also, they can irritate the gums. This is why patients should visit the dentist for an annual checkup.