Dentures/ Artificial Teeth
Saving even a few natural teeth is often better than losing them all. Natural teeth or even parts of natural teeth can help you retain bone in your jaw.
The good news is that dentures aren't what they used to be. Newer materials and technology have allowed great improvements. Dentures can now be fabricated so that they are light, fit comfortably, appear natural and help patients eat better and stay healthier
These are good options for partially missing teeth when the patient is not a good candidate for dental implants.
Removable partial dentures consist of a metal framework with plastic teeth and gum areas. The framework includes metal clasps or other attachments that hold the denture in place. Partial dentures are removed easily for cleaning.
Conventional dentures are made and inserted after the teeth have been taken out and the gums have healed
Implant supported dentures:
Dental implants have revolutionized the way dentistry is practiced now and have enabled dentists to provide improved solutions for patients in many clinical situations. One such situation is the loss of all teeth or ‘Complete edentulism’. Advanced dental or gum disease is usually the cause for loss of all teeth, frequently, in older individuals and can be asource of substantial distress.
Complete dentures have long been the accepted solution, but can be uncomfortable and painful as they can become loose after some time
This is more prevalent with the lower denture as the support for the lower denture is much less
Dental implants are now routinely used to provide additional support for complete dentures, and greatly improve the retention and comfort, especially for those who have experienced difficulty with a loose lower denture.
‘Implant supported over dentures’ are now accepted as the ‘Standard of care’ for the lower jaw, and are a practical and affordable solution for those in whom replacing all the teeth with multiple dental implants is not feasible due to technical or financial limitations.
The area of the denture is small, very stable fit and makes it easier to adapt in the mouth. Its easier to eat a wide variety of food and preserves the general health of the bone under the denture.