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Removable Dentures

WHAT ARE DENTURES?

Dentures are a set of removable artificial teeth which replaces the missing teeth. They can be upper jaw denture & lower jaw denture.


HOW MANY TYPES OF DENTURES ARE THERE?

  • 1. Partial dentures: Having one or more teeth.
  • 2. Complete dentures: replacing entire set of teeth.

    They can also be classified in to
  • 1. Tissue supported dentures
  • 2. Implant supported dentures

    Depending on the material used they may be classified as
  • 1. All acrylic dentures.
  • 2. Cast partial dentures (with metal base)
  • 3. Flexible dentures.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF DENTURE?


    Dentures can help patients in a number of ways:
  • 1.Mastication - chewing efficiency of the patient is improved.

  • 2. Aesthetics - presence of teeth provide a natural facial appearance, and wearing a denture to replace missing teeth provides support for the lips and cheeks and corrects the collapsed appearance that occurs after losing teeth.

  • 3. Phonetics - by replacing missing teeth, especially the front teeth, patients are better able to speak by improving pronunciation of many words.

  • 4. Self-Esteem - Patients feel better about themselves & their self confidence improves a lot.

WHAT ARE IMPLANT SUPPORTED DENTURES?

Maxillary denture is usually relatively straightforward & has a whole palate for support so that it is stable without slippage. A lower full denture on the other hand has constantly moving tongue which destabilize it so it should or must be supported by 2-4 implants placed in the lower jaw for support. A lower denture supported by 2-4 implants is a far superior product than a lower denture without implants.