If you have lost one or more of your teeth, you should consider getting dentures straight away. Dentures will not only help you restore your regular eating habits, but will also make you look younger by rejuvenating your facial appearance.
There are various options to choose from. However, the best option depends on the condition of your remaining teeth, which is why it is important to consult your dentist first.
Dentures are usually divided into three broad categories: full dentures, partial dentures and dental implants.
Full dentures, also referred to as complete dentures, are a full set of false teeth.
The upper jaw dentures are made from an acrylic base, which is attached to the roof of the mouth. The base is colored just like gums and is hardly noticeable. The lower jaw dentures on the other hand are shaped like a horseshoe to provide room for the tongue.
Full dentures are only suitable for patients who have no teeth left. You can also go for full dentures by having all your remaining teeth removed. However, this is only recommended if your remaining teeth are decaying.
Dentists never recommend the removal of healthy teeth, which is where partial dentures come in. Partial dentures are attached to their neighboring teeth using metal clasps. The neighboring teeth should be healthy enough to keep the dentures firmly in place.
There are various other ways in which partial dentures are installed, such as precision attachments and dental crowns. These methods require surgical procedures, but provide much more stability.
Another variation of partial dentures is flexible partial dentures. They are extremely lightweight and are an affordable option. They are usually used as a temporary solution, but many patients are able to wear them for longer periods without any problem.
Dental implants are a more comprehensive and permanent solution to tooth loss.
In this method, the dentist surgically installs implants into the gums. Once the surgical wounds heal, the dentures are placed onto them. The dental implants look and function just like natural teeth.
Dental implants may also be used in cases of severe gum disease since they prevent the gums from receding. They are also extremely stable and last for more than 10 years with proper care and maintenance.
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