Missing teeth interfere with eating, speaking, and may cause an individual to feel self-conscious and avoid smiling. Dentures are dental appliances that are designed to replace missing teeth. There is no single treatment that is right for every patient. Your Manchester Dentist at The Smile Centre offers many options for restoring missing teeth to provide the best solution for every patient.
Types of Dentures
Upper and Lower Dentures – Upper dentures replace teeth that are missing in the upper jaw. Lower dentures are used for the bottom teeth. Patients missing both upper and lower teeth may require complete dentures, including both upper and lower. A proper fit is essential to ensure that the replacement teeth are as comfortable as natural teeth.
Denture Implants – Even when dentures are fitted properly, they can move in the mouth, causing discomfort or insecurity. If you prefer a more secure replacement option for missing teeth, denture implants may be right for you. The process involves surgically placing titanium posts into the jawbone. After the tissue heals and the post fuses to the jawbone, the denture is attached to the implants.
Immediate Dentures – When patients don’t want to spend time without teeth, immediate dentures can be placed on the same day any remaining teeth are extracted. Impressions are taken ahead of time and custom dentures are prepared. After the teeth are extracted, the denture is immediately fitted. You will be given specific instructions about how to wear and clean the dentures during the healing process. Once the mouth is fully healed, permanent dentures will replace the immediate dentures.
Flexible Dentures – In situations where it is difficult or not possible to use a conventional denture, flexible dentures may be used. This type of denture is designed to adapt to the shape of the gums and teeth. The denture perfectly fits on the gum tissue, so clamps and adhesives are not needed. The transparent material blends seamlessly with your mouth, so they are the most natural looking option.
Partial Dentures – Also known as bridges, these dental appliances are used to replace missing teeth when some healthy natural teeth are present. The partial is held in place by attaching it to the remaining teeth using clasps. There are a few different types of partials, such as plastic and metal alloy bridges. In order to be a candidate for partials, the patient must have a sufficient number of strong teeth to attach the bridge.
Making the Right Decision
Each patient is unique and there is no method that is right for every patient. For example, the number of missing teeth may determine whether upper, lower, or partial dentures are needed. Bone loss or unhealthy gums may make a patient a poor candidate for denture implants. Discuss your needs and preferences with your dentist to determine which type of denture is right for you.
Visit the Smile Centre, Manchester dentist for an examination and advice about which type of denture s offers the best method for solving your problem with missing teeth. Your dentist will explain your options and recommend the best method for replacing your teeth and restoring the appearance and function of your smile.