Removable Dentures


Partial dentures are a good choice in case some healthy teeth are remaining. These dentures connect around the available healthy teeth. These clips’ color is similar to teeth color.
Full dentures are a good option in case all teeth are lost, which could be caused by an accident, infection, or certain medical condition.




What are Removable Dentures and How are They Done?

The loss of a tooth, partially or fully, affects the patient’s image and makes the patient more prone to developing health problems. Especially if the patient ignores the tooth loss and leaves it untreated. Thanks to dentures, they provide a guaranteed solution for treating specific cases of tooth loss.

Dentures are removable replacements of missing teeth and their surrounding tissues. Creating removable dentures takes a few weeks and various visits to the dental clinic. Once the prosthodontist decides which type of removable denture fits the patient the best, the following steps are carried out.

The dentist takes multiple impressions of the patient’s jaw and measurements of the space between them. Then, the dentist creates models of the denture’s shape and the patient should try it on in order to conduct the needed modifications. After the modifications are noted, they are implemented and the final denture is ready.

Do patients have to wear removable dentures 24 hours a day?

The dentist provides patients with instructions regarding how long to wear the dentures and when to take them off. However, during the first few days, patients should wear the dentures all the time. It may be a little uncomfortable, however, it is the fastest way to determine whether the denture needs any modifications. After the modifications are made (if any were needed), the patient should remove the dentures when going to sleep. This allows the gums to rest.


What are Removable Dentures

Types of dentures:


There are two main types of removal dentures, complete dentures and partial dentures. Dentists use complete dentures when all teeth are missing, and partial dentures when some teeth are still remaining. How do removable dentures work, both complete and partial ones?

Removable dentures are made of a pink-colored base (a color similar to the patient’s gum) which is placed over the bone of the missing teeth. The artificial teeth that are connected to the base are designed to look and function like the patient’s natural teeth. Dentures are fixed in place with the help of the suctioning effect of fitting them very closely against the bony ridge. Therefore, it is extremely important that the dentures fit correctly.

How to care for dentures?

It is important to brush the gums, tongue, and the roof of the mouth with a soft brush prior to placing the dentures in the mouth. Moreover, patients should carefully clean the teeth that fit under the denture’s clasps. This prevents trapped plaque under the clasps turning into decay. Also, patients should remove the denture when brushing their natural teeth. Finally, daily mouth washing with salt water cleanses the gums.



full dentures types

COMPLETE/FULL DENTURES

Full removable dentures have two main types, immediate or conventional. Immediate dentures are made beforehand and can be placed once the teeth are removed. Whereas the conventional denture can be placed 8 to 12 weeks after the patient’s teeth have been removed.
The immediate denture acts as a temporary solution to help the patient move to successful denture wearing. Due to the natural shrinking process of the gums in the area of the missing tooth or teeth, the dentures that are placed immediately after extracting the tooth do not fit as properly as permanent dentures when the healing process is complete. Thanks to immediate dentures, patients don’t have to stay without teeth for a long time until conventional dentures are finalized.
After 8 to 12 weeks, permanent dentures that fit the patient’s mouth perfectly and accurately can be designed. They look and function like natural teeth.
There are also implant-supported overdentures. They give more stability to the denture and make it more secure using two or more dental implants.


PARTIAL DENTURES

Removable partial dentures are generally made of replacement teeth that are attached to gum-colored bases. Based on the patient’s needs, the dentist designs a partial denture. The partial denture can have clasps that attach to the patient’s teeth, or different and more natural connectors. In certain cases, a removable partial denture attaches to the patient’s natural teeth with precision attachment. They are more aesthetic than clasps.
There are two types of removable partial dentures. Transitional partial dentures and removable partial dentures.
Transitional partial dentures are made of plastic and they act as a temporary tooth replacement until the patient’s mouth heals from extracting the tooth (or teeth). After healing, the dentist places dental implants (if needed).
However, removable partial dentures are made of vitallium. They are lighter and not as obvious as the plastic in transitional dentures.

Types of Removable Dentures Material

There are two main types of material that make up removable dentures. Acrylic and chrome cobalt (or titanium).


dentures acrylic material

ACRYLIC

When patients want to choose between acrylic and chrome cobalt dentures, one critical factor they should take into consideration is their current number of teeth. If they have no teeth, then the best option to go with is acrylic dentures. Unlike chrome cobalt dentures, acrylic dentures don’t need to be supported by any teeth. However, if there are a few teeth remaining, cobalt dentures is the option to go with.

CHROME COBALT OR TITANIUM

Chrome cobalt dentures are the strongest and last for a long time. They also cause no irritation in patients’ gums or mouths.
Generally, partial and single tooth dentures are made of chrome cobalt. The best thing about chrome cobalt dentures is that chrome is thin, which makes the dentures feel less bulky. Moreover, they are hardly noticeable inside the mouth.
dentures chrome material

Contact our clinic if you need dentures. Our expert dentists will be happy to assist you and determine which type is suitable for your case.


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Removable Dentures FAQs


  • Can I eat normally with dentures?
Can I eat normally with dentures?

Most patients need to learn how to use dentures properly and as a result, it takes a little time to get used to them. After a while, you should be able to eat fairly normally, but it may take more
time to get comfortable with harder foods or sticky foods. Using a small amount of denture adhesive (no more than three or four pea-sized dabs on each denture) may help stabilize the dentures
and help hold them in place while you learn how to get comfortable with them and may make the learning process easier. Ultimately, if you wear dentures, you should avoid chewing gum.


  • How do you know when it’s time to reline dentures?
How do you know when it’s time to reline dentures?

If the dentures no longer fit as well as they once did, you may need to have a procedure done to refit the base of the denture, called a “reline”. Check with your prosthodontist to see if your dentures can be relined. It is best not to reline your dentures with over the counter reline kits. This procedure, which can be done by your prosthodontist, will enable your dentures to have a tighter, better fit.


  • Do dentures have to be worn all the time?
Do dentures have to be worn all the time?

Denture wearers can choose when to wear their dentures. It is recommended that all denture wearers remove their dentures at night when sleeping in order to give the gums some rest time.



  • How much pain is involved with getting dentures?
How much pain is involved with getting dentures?

When you’re first fitted for new dentures, it’s normal to experience minor irritation, which should fade as your mouth becomes accustomed to them. The period of pain varies. If you’ve previously worn dentures and now have a new set it may take longer. Similarly, if you had some natural teeth present that were removed at the time of the new dentures, the areas where the extractions were performed may be painful or uncomfortable for up to several weeks after the removal of the teeth. Regular visits
to your prosthodontist to adjust the dentures as you go through the normal healing process are recommended.


  • What is the best way to take care of dentures?
What is the best way to take care of dentures?

Gently cleaning dentures every day is necessary for long-lasting dentures. General cleaning instructions include using a soft brush and a special cleanser, with each denture type coming with its
own set of instructions for care.


  • How long until I get used to my dentures?
How long until I get used to my dentures?

You might be surprised to learn that it doesn’t take that long to get used to your dentures. In fact, many people will adjust to their dentures in little more than a week. The most noticeable change
you will experience in the beginning is a slight alteration to your speech.


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