Dentures are made of plastic or metal and are custom made to fit well on the gums. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
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.
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TCS are flexible partial dentures, they are made of an extremely resilient high performing nylon material.
Its pink translucent shades allows the appliance to blend naturally with surrounding tissue and gums.
The process to make these dentures is very similar to the Acrylic and Chrome Cobalt Dentures.
They are thin, flexible and lightweight.
They cover less of the palate than other dentures which makes them extremely comfortable to wear.
They are not an option for where a large amount of teeth are missing, they work best for small to medium sized gaps.
A removable partial denture or bridge usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-coloured 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 natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. A fixed (permanent) bridge replaces 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 created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from changing position. A precision partial denture is removable and has internal attachments rather than clasps that attach to the adjacent crowns. This is a more natural-looking appliance.
Yes Dental Implants can be used to support permanently cemented bridges, eliminating the need for a denture. The cost is usually greater, but the implants and bridges more closely resemble the teeth. Dental Implants are becoming the alternative to dentures, but not everyone is a candidate for implants.
The denture development process takes about three to six weeks and several appointments. Once your dentist determines what type of appliance is best for you, the general steps are to:
Make a series of impressions of your jaw and take measurements of how your jaws relate to one another and how much space is between them.
Create models, wax forms, and/or plastic patterns in the exact shape and position of the denture to be made. You will "try in" this model several times and the denture will be assessed for colour, shape and fit before the final denture is cast.
Cast a final denture.
Adjustments will be made as necessary.
Acrylic dentures are a great way to replace missing teeth and can be added to easily, if you have one or several gaps and think that the remaining teeth may also be lost in time, then an acrylic denture is one way to have the flexibility of adding teeth without breaking the bank.
They look very natural.
They can be used to replace one, a few or all of your teeth.
They are quick to make, temporary dentures can be done in as quick as a week.
Chrome Cobalt Dentures are a metal base plate, onto which natural looking teeth are added with acrylic.
The Chrome Cobalt are metal dentures, due to the material they are made of they are slimmer than the Acrylic dentures.
They stay in place better and are more secure.
Easier then acrylic teeth for eating as they move less.
They do require you to have some existing teeth to attach to and can be harder to attach teeth to later.
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.