Dentures are removable prosthetic devices custom made for the replacement of missing teeth and surrounding tissues to restore a person’s appearance and oral functions. The dentures can either be a full denture, used when all the teeth are lost, or a partial denture which is used in instances where only some of the teeth are missing.
Unlike dental bridges, which are essentially permanently fixed to the bone and teeth, the dentures are prosthetic appliances which attach to a supporting structure and can be removed for cleaning, at night, or whenever so desired by the patient.
- White Lily Dental offers three basic types of dentures:
- Complete Dentures
- Partial Dentures
- Complete Dentures
Full or complete dentures are for those patients who have lost all of their natural dentition in either the upper or the lower jaw, or both. This type of denture covers the upper and lower gums. Like other dental appliances which replace missing teeth, the dentures help a patient maintain their facial aesthetics, shape as well as a patient’s self-esteem and confidence.
Partial dentures are an alternative option for patients who have lost some of their teeth but are unable to afford dental implants or bridges. Removable partial dentures are held in place with the help of the remaining natural teeth as well as the gums. They may be made of metal or acrylic (plastic).
Dentures have been the saving grace for many patients around the world; however, as advancements in dental technology take place, it is apparent that there are more than a few disadvantages of this particular prosthetic appliance. Some of the most prominent drawbacks of dentures include:
Depending on the type of denture a patient gets, a patient needs to visit the dentist several times for the proper fitting of a denture. It is a lengthy trial and error process.
There is a long adjustment period associated with the use of dentures. The majority of patients complain about the comfort and fit of the denture itself when they first begin to wear them.
In addition to the initial awkwardness associated with the use of dentures, some patients also experience frequent periods of irritation and oral sores which may be caused by grinding, clenching or chewing on food. As learning to eat with dentures is a feat in itself for most patients, this can be particularly bothersome.
Dentures require a lot of care to ensure comfortable functionality. They need to be frequently cleaned and soaked in water. Moreover, dentures are fragile and a patient needs to learn how to properly insert and remove them in order to prevent damaging them.
Dentures eventually require adjustment as the facial structures, the mouth and the jaw change shape over the years. Sometimes they may even need to be completely replaced.