A denture is a type of prosthesis used to replace missing teeth. They are designed to restore function – both chewing and speaking, while maintaining a normal or natural appearance.
Is a denture right for me?
The dentist will assess a number of factors when considering if a denture is right for you. These include, but are not limited to:
- Number of teeth lost: Generally, the more teeth lost, the more convenient it is to have a denture that can replace numerous teeth. That’s not to say that single tooth dentures aren’t also used.
- Patient health: Patients in poor health with certain medical conditions may not tolerate alternatives such as implants.
- Patient hygiene: An inability to clean under a bridge, or having poorly controlled periodontal disease can mean alternatives such as implants and bridges may not last. Removing the dentures can make cleaning easier.
- Patient anatomy: Bone levels will dictate stability of all replacement options including dentures, implants and bridges. Your friendly Northbridge Dentists team will assess these factors and let you know if a denture is right for you.
- Patient preference: Some patients cannot handle the thought of wearing dentures, or feel that they might “gag.” Some think it makes them feel older. Some patients like that it is minimally invasive (less drilling etc) and often looks great. It’s up to you!
Types of dentures and materials?
- There are two main types of dentures:
- Full Denture: Replaces all teeth in either the top or bottom jaw. Full dentures are made of acrylic.
- Partial Denture: Replaces one or more missing teeth in either the top or bottom jaws, and is secured via clasps that latch onto the remaining teeth. In most cases partial dentures are made of a combination of acrylic and metal.