DR. JAMES KATIB ORAL IMPLANTOLOGY FRANKFURT UNIVERSITY - DENTIST MANCHESTER NH
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues.
Complete dentures can be either “conventional” or “immediate”. Made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal, a conventional denture is ready for placement in the mouth about eight to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed. Unlike conventional dentures, immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. As a result, the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, bones and gums shrink over time, especially during the healing period following tooth removal. Therefore a disadvantage of immediate dentures compared with conventional dentures is that they require more adjustments to fit properly during the healing process and generally should only be considered a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made.
A removable partial denture or bridge usually consists of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth. Partial dentures are used when one or more natual teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. A fixed (permanent) bridge replace one or more teeth by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the space and attaching artificial teeth to them. This “bridge” is then cemented into place. Not only does a partial denture fill in the spaces create by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from changing position. A precision partial denture is removable and has internat attachments rather than clasps that attach to the adjacent crowns. This is a more natural-looking applian.
Are there alternatives to Dentures?
Yes, dental implants can be used ti support permanently cemented bridges, eliminating the need for a denture. Implants and bridges mopre clodely resemble the feel of real teeth. Not everyone is a candidate for implants. Consult our team for advice. Please ask our team if you have any question about Dentures. At HQ, we make our patients smile back through an individualized and comprehensive restoration process.