Dentures are prosthetic dental devices designed to help patients with missing teeth by replacing them, resulting in a fuller, aesthetic set of teeth. If the gaps left by missing teeth are not filled, this can affect the patient's oral functionality and can lead to a sunken appearance of the face. Dentures replicate the natural gum tissue and provide the proper structure and support for the mouth and teeth. At Tracy Arch Dental, we offer partials and upper or lower dentures that best fit the patient's requirements.
Different Types of Dentures
There are several kinds of dentures available, each of them serving a specific function. These include:
Complete dentures or full dentures consist of a full set of prosthetic teeth that replace an entire arch of natural teeth in the upper and lower jaw of the mouth. If there is a decayed, damaged, or broken tooth, our dentist may recommend extracting them before taking the mold of the gums to manufacture the dentures as per the patient's requirements.
A fixed partial denture is fabricated to replace one or several teeth to restore the functionality of the patient's smile. Unlike complete dentures, partial dentures are used when the patient has only a few teeth missing. Fixed partial dentures offer a reliable, permanent tooth replacement option and are also called "crown and bridge."
The placement of immediate dentures helps patients by filling the gap left by a missing tooth during the healing period after an extraction. Before removing the tooth, the dentist takes the measurements and impressions of the patient's teeth to fabricate a temporary denture. Immediately after the natural teeth extraction, the dentist places the immediate denture in the mouth. Once the site is fully healed, a permanent denture is fitted in place.
Overdentures are removable dental prosthetics that help people with few or no natural teeth. They're fabricated to cover and fit over the top of the person's one or more remaining natural teeth, tooth roots, or dental implants.
What Are the Benefits of Wearing Dentures?
- Dentures help restore the patient's smile by filling the gaps left by the missing teeth.
- Modern dentures are modeled to be comfortable while performing the functionality of natural teeth.
- Replacing missing teeth with dentures help patients eat all kinds of foods.
- Dentures support the patient's facial structure and prevent the patient from looking older because of a sunken face.
- Teeth loss may cause the bone structure of the face to perish. Replacing missing teeth with dentures decreases the rate of disintegration of the bones.
- By uniformly distributing chewing forces to all the teeth, partial dentures will help prevent excessive wear and tear of the remaining natural teeth, if any.
- By replacing missing teeth with dentures, the patients can improve their speaking ability and pronunciation.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Kaur at Tracy Arch Dental to learn more about dentures!