What are dentures?
Dentures are removable dental prostheses used to replace missing teeth in the oral cavity. They can either be complete (that is, replacing all the teeth in a edentulous arche), or partial (that is, replacing several missing teeth in the upper or lower arch). Dentures are fabricated using acrylic resin to match the appearance of natural teeth and gums. Unlike implants, which are fitted into the jaw bone, and bridges, which are cemented on to supporting teeth, dentures are generally removable and therefore, the cheapest of all means to replace missing teeth in dentistry today. There are however, several factors to consider with dentures – the success of the treatment depends upon the height and width of the ridge on to which the denture will be seated; the shorter the ridge, the more chances of denture displacement. In some cases, adhesives have to be used to keep the dentures in place. In a nutshell, it is better to initiate denture treatment soon after tooth loss, because ridge resorption adversely affects the prognosis. However, advancements in the field of prosthodontics have led to the introduction of implant-supported dentures. These dentures, as the term indicated, are supported by 4-6 implants placed at strategically defined positions in the arches, providing excellent anchorage to the prosthesis and preventing displacement. This method also offers greater chances of success even in resorbed ridges.
Conventional denture fabrication and placement is a painless, non-invasive procedure. Get in touch with the team at Herriman Family Dental today to learn about the different methods of missing tooth replacement in dentistry, and find out which one suits your needs best.