by Salgra Dental Group – Pembroke Pines, Florida
What are Dentures?
Dentures replace missing teeth and their adjacent tissues with a removable dental appliance made of acrylic resin and, in some cases, a combination of metals.
What are the Different types of Dentures?
There are four primary types of dentures:
There are various types of complete dentures. A conventional full denture is made and placed in the patient’s mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed which may take several months. An immediate complete denture is inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. Dr.Salas or Dr. Grabczak will take measurements and makes models of the patient’s jaws during a preliminary visit. With immediate dentures, the denture wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
Partial dentures act as dental bridges as they “bridge” the gap between a missing tooth or teeth. How do you wear a removable partial denture? Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases, which are connected by metal framework. Removable partial dentures attach to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments. Precision attachments are generally more esthetic than metal clasps and they are nearly invisible. Crowns on your natural teeth may improve the fit of a removable partial denture and they are usually required with attachments. Dentures with precision attachments generally cost more than those with metal clasps. Come for a complimentary consultation with us to find out which type is right for you.
Conventional dentures allow a recovery time (usually 4 to 8 weeks) after all of the teeth are extracted before the dentures are placed in the mouth.
This type of denture does not allow a healing period after all of the teeth are removed. The denture is immediately fit into the mouth after all teeth are removed. Additional adjustments in the fitting of this type of denture procedure may be necessary as healing occurs.
Oral health Care and Dentures:
Even if you wear full dentures, you still must take good care of your mouth. Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque.
Daily remove and brush the denture carefully with a brush and toothpaste, both specifically designed for denture cleaning.
Avoid the use of harsh abrasive cleaners on your denture.
Avoid cleaning and/or sterilizing your denture in boiling water, or damage to the denture is likely to occur.
If a partial denture is in place, remove it before brushing the natural teeth.
Once removed, keep the denture in a safe place, out of the reach of children.
Once removed, soak the denture in a proper cleansing solution or water.
Information Provided by the American Dental Association