Dentures are prosthetic devices designed to replace missing teeth.
Conventional dentures are removable; however, there are many different denture designs, some of which rely on bonding or clasping onto teeth or dental implants.
Removable partial dentures are for patients who are missing some of their teeth on a particular arch. Removable partial dentures are usually less costly than other tooth replacement options. However, when compared to implants and fixed bridgework, they feel the least like having your own teeth.
Fixed partial bridges are made from crowns that are fitted on the remaining teeth to act as abutments and pontics made from materials to resemble the missing teeth.
An implant denture is a removable denture held in place by implants. Usually two to four implants are surgically placed in the bone and become anchored as the bone heals and secures itself to the implant. The attachments hold the denture in place and keep it from moving when chewing and speaking.
Implant dentures can be classified into two groups: Implant Retained Dentures and Implant Supported Dentures. Implant Retained Dentures are held in place by the attachments, but are mainly supported by the bone and gum tissue as is a conventional denture. Implant Supported Dentures are for patients who do not have sufficient bone and supporting gum tissue. This denture is mainly supported by the bar attached to the implants.
Other solutions for tooth replacement include:
- Dental Implants
- Dental Bridge
- Fixed (cemented) Bridge
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