Teeth may be lost as we age, cracking or chip more readily. Deep decay adds to the problem.
Severe gum disease may cause the loss of tooth bone support and lead to tooth loss. If teeth are badly affected by wear, trauma decay or gum disease your dentist may suggest extraction as the best treatment option.
Even at a relatively young age, some people have extensive loss of teeth. When many teeth are lost or extracted, a denture may be fitted to maintain normal chewing, bite (occlusion), speech and the appearance of the upper and lower jaw.
Millions of people worldwide wear dentures and with today’s technology, they look more natural and fit better than ever before. For many people, dentures vastly improve their oral health and appearance.
A denture is called a prosthesis, and the fitting of a denture is called denture prosthodontics; you may hear your dentist use these terms.
Types of Dentures
A partial denture is made to fill the space left by a few missing teeth. To hold the partial denture in position, clasps are used to secure the denture to nearby natural teeth.
A full denture is made when all the natural teeth are missing. It is fitted to replace the upper teeth, lower teeth, or both.
The dentist inserts an immediate denture at the same appointment as the teeth are extracted. The advantage is that the patient avoids a period without teeth.
An over-denture is a denture that fits:
- over the top of remaining teeth
- over tooth roots that have had root canal treatment by attachment to dental implants.
Remaining teeth or dental implants act as anchors to secure it in place.
Dentures can be made with a base of acrylic or chrome metal. Your dentist will advise you about the best material for you.
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