Dentures: What are they?

Dentures: What are they?

veneers for valentines day

Dentures: What are they?

Dentures, also known as dental prosthetics, are convenient and removable dental parts that serve as a viable tooth replacement option for individuals with missing teeth. These artificial teeth, commonly referred to as false teeth, play a crucial role in restoring oral functionality and enhancing overall dental health.

Whether due to age, injury, or other dental conditions, the loss of natural teeth can have a profound impact on your ability to chew food properly and speak clearly. Dentures offer a practical solution by providing support and stability for those who require tooth replacement.

Types of Dentures:

  • Complete/Full Mouth Dentures
  • Partial Dentures
  • Custom Dentures
  • Snap On Dentures
  • Upper Dentures
  • Implant Supported Dentures

Choosing your denture

Complete/Full Dentures

One common type is full dentures, also known as complete dentures or full mouth denture replacement. These are used when all natural teeth are missing in either the upper or lower jaw, or both. Full dentures provide a complete set of artificial teeth that rest on the gums and are held in place by suction or adhesive.

Partial Dentures

On the other hand, partial dentures are recommended when some natural teeth remain in the mouth. Removable partial dentures serve as a dental bridge alternative and fill in the gaps left by missing teeth. They consist of replacement teeth attached to a metal framework that clasps onto existing natural teeth for support.

Implant Supported Dentures

Another option is implant-supported dentures, which offer a more secure and stable solution. These dentures are anchored to dental implants surgically placed into the jawbone, providing enhanced stability and preventing bone loss.

Choosing the right type of denture depends on various factors such as oral health condition, budget, personal preferences, and desired level of comfort and stability. Consul with Dr. Ali Shmara to determine which type of denture best suits your specific needs.

Why Do People Get Dentures?

Our patients get dentures for different health conditions. Some people get dentures because they lost their teeth in a physical accident or injury. Other people suffer from an extensive tooth infection, severe gum disease or other diseases such as diabetes. Some patients do not have strong teeth due to genetics or nutrition, therefore requiring replacement teeth that are strong, long-lasting, and reliable

Getting Dentures: From Start to Finish

The process of obtaining dentures involves several stages, starting from the initial consultation to the final fitting. This comprehensive process ensures that patients receive well-fitting and comfortable dentures tailored to their specific needs.

The first step in the denture fitting process is the dental impressions. During this stage, a Dr. Ali Shmara takes precise measurements and impressions of the patient’s mouth. These impressions serve as a blueprint for creating custom-made dentures that fit securely and comfortably.

Following the dental impressions, the next stage is the wax try-in. In this step, a temporary set of dentures made from wax is created based on the initial measurements. The patient tries on these wax dentures to assess their fit, appearance, and functionality. Any necessary adjustments can be made at this stage to ensure optimal comfort and aesthetics.

Once any required adjustments have been made during the wax try-in stage, the final fitting takes place. The patient receives their completed set of dentures, which have been crafted based on their unique specifications and preferences. During this final fitting appointment, any last-minute adjustments are made to guarantee a proper fit and alignment.

Throughout each stage of this process, Dr. Ali Shmara works closely with you to ensure your satisfaction with your new dentures

Denture Fun Facts

The word “dentures” is pronounced denchers. Denture is actually a French term that means “set of teeth.”

When did people begin using dentures?

In the 18th century, people were using dentures to help improve their dental health. Back in the day, false teeth were uncomfortable, unreliable, and didn’t fit well.

Early forms of dentures

Back in the day, false teeth were made from ivory, vulcanite, and porcelain. George Washington contracted multiple dentists to create false teeth with the finest material at the time. Modern day dentures are long lasting, better quality, natural-looking, and available to everyone whereas in the past dentures were only available to the wealthy.

Related posts