A denture is a synthetic device to allow replacement of missing teeth and surrounding gums. Not only do dentures restore a patient’s self-esteem, they can also restore the core purpose and functionality of the mouth. Complete dentures are recommended when a patient has no viable teeth remaining.
Partial dentures are used when only one or a few natural teeth are missing. There are many types of partial dentures, including metal frame, acrylic base, and flexible option. A cast metal denture is a denture with a metal alloy base. This type offers durability and superior fit and longevity. An acrylic base denture is made from an acrylic based plastic. If subsequent teeth are lost, they can be added to this acrylic base. Lastly, flexible dentures are made of a pliable plastic.
Immediate dentures are dentures that are inserted immediately after the natural teeth are extracted. While initially more expensive than conventional dentures, immediate dentures can pose several benefits. Before extracting and replacing teeth, a dentist will make plasters and impressions, examine the patient’s bite and compare denture teeth to existing teeth. An experienced dentist can advise if immediate dentures are recommended.